Around the Playoffs: Ahhhhhhhhctober 2 Edition

News and Notes:

Despite his appeals, CC Sabathia won't be allowed to start game two, and will instead be held back until game three on Monday for the Yankees.  Sabathia's start in game one, of course, was cut short by rain.  The Tigers' Justin Verlander will also be starting game three.

Yesterday's Games:

The Yankees beat the Tigers 9-3.  With the two teams going into this tied 1-1 after their game being cut short on Friday, New York took the lead in the fifth inning before blowing the game wide open with a six run sixth, including a grand slam from Robinson Cano.  Cano was 3-5 with the home run, two doubles, and six RBI, while Derek Jeter was 2-5 with three runs scored.  Delmon Young led the way for the Tigers, going 2-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored.  Doug Fister, who had been so outstanding this year, had a good start before melting down and ultimately allowing six earned runs in 4.2 innings. 

The Rangers beat the Rays 8-6.  A big five run fourth inning helped give Texas a 7-3 lead after six innings, but the Rays tacked on three more via an Evan Longoria home run in the seventh to pull within a run.  A home run by Mitch Moreland gave the Rangers a little extra insurance but ultimately the Rays wouldn't be able to get another run on the board.  Matt Joyce also hit a two run homer for the Rays.  Ian Kinsler, Michael Young and Mike Napoli all had two hits for the Rangers, and Napoli drove in two and scored two. 

The Phillies beat the Cardinals 11-6Lance Berkman got the game off to a hot start by hitting a three run homer off of Roy Halladay, but the Phillies scored ten runs in the sixth through eighth innings.  The Cardinals got three more in the ninth inning, but it wouldn't be close to enough.  As you might expect, a whole bunch of Phillies had great offensive games.  Check out the boxscore to see them.

The Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 4-1.  You can find our recap here.

Playoff Standings:

NLDS: Milwaukee 1, Arizona 0

NLDS: Philadephia 1, St. Louis 0

ALDS: New York 1, Detroit 0

ALDS: Texas 1, Tampa Bay 1

Today's Matchups:

The Tigers have Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43) going while the Yankees are starting Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62).

The Brewers will start Zack Greinke (16-6, 3.83) against the Diamondbacks and Daniel Hudson (16-12, 3.49).

Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45) will be starting for the Cardinals as they hope to tie the series with the Phillies and Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40).

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