Around the MLB Playoffs: October 14 Edition

News and notes from around the playoffs:

Yesterday's action:

  • Detroit sent the ALCS back to Texas with a roller coaster 7-5 victory over Texas at Comerica Park. The Rangers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Josh Hamilton's sac fly, but the Tigers roared back with a pair of solo homers -- from Alex Avila in the third and Delmon Young in the fourth -- to take a 2-1 lead. Hamilton had a run-scoring single to knot the score at 2 in the fifth, but the Tigers seized control with four sixth-inning runs, aided by a couple of fortunate bounces: Miggy Cabrera's tapper to third hit the edge of the third base bag and skipped over Adrian Beltre's head for a double and Victor Martinez followed with a blooper to right that snuck past Nelson Cruz for an RBI triple. Young then added his second homer of the day to make it 6-2, and the Tigers survived some tense moments in the ninth to claim their second win of the series.
  • Behind a stellar outing from Randy Wolf and run-scoring base hits from Ryan Braun, Jerry Hairston, Jr., and a white-hot Yuniesky Betancourt, Milwaukee rallied for a 4-2 win over St. Louis at Busch Stadium. Our recap is here.
The LCS standings read like this:
  • Texas 3, Detroit 2.
  • St. Louis 2, Milwaukee 2.

On tap for today:

NLCS Game 5: Brewers @ Cardinals: Greinke (16-6, 3.83) vs. Garcia (13-7, 3.56) at 7:05 p.m. CDT (TBS)
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