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Around the MLB Playoffs: October 13 Edition

News and notes from around the playoffs:

Yesterday's action:

  • Texas took firm control of the ALCS with a 7-3, 11-inning win over Detroit at Comerica Park. The Tigers claimed an early two-run lead with a pair of first inning runs when Miggy Cabrera doubled to drive home Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn, but Texas grabbed the lead in the sixth inning on run-scoring singles from Elvis Andrus and Michael Young. Inge knotted the score at 3 with a solo homer in the seventh, and the game stayed tied until the 11th, when Mike Napoli drove home a run with a single and Nelson Cruz put the game out of reach with a three-run bomb to left field to account for the final margin.
  • An epic Kotsay-ing in the first inning -- no, it wasn't a terrible nightmare; Ron Roenicke actually started a 36-year-old designated hitter in center field last night -- proved to be too much for Milwaukee to overcome, as St. Louis used four first-inning runs to claim a 4-3 victory over the Crew. Our recap is here.
The LCS standings read like this:
  • Texas 3, Detroit 1.
  • St. Louis 2, Milwaukee 1.

On tap for today:

ALCS Game 5: Rangers @ Tigers: Wilson (16-7, 2.94) vs. Verlander (24-5, 2.40) at 3:19 p.m. CDT (FOX)

NLCS Game 4: Brewers @ Cardinals: Wolf (13-10, 3.69) vs. Lohse (14-8, 3.39) at 7:05 p.m. CDT (TBS)