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Around the MLB Playoffs: October 3 Edition

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News and notes from around the playoffs:

Yesterday's action:

  • Detroit evened its ALDS series with New York at one with a tense, 5-3 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Tigers jumped on Yankees starter Freddy Garcia for two runs in the top of the first inning on Miguel Cabrera's two run homer, then tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth (RBI singles from Cabrera and Victor Martinez). Meanwhile, Max Scherzer was holding the Yanks in check: Scherzer worked 6 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and four walks while striking out five. But things got real interesting in the bottom of the ninth: Nick Swisher homered to make the score 5-2, and Jorge Posada followed with a triple and came home to score on Andruw Jones' sac fly. Jose Valverde walked Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson to put the tying run on base, but Valverde got Robinson Cano to ground out to end the game.
  • Milwaukee used a five-run sixth inning to cover up a less-than-stellar start from Zack Greinke, and the Crew got four solid innings from the 'pen in a 9-4 win over Arizona. Our recap is here.
  • St. Louis was staring down the barrel of a gun last night in game two of its NLDC matchup with Philadelphia: trailing 4-0 after three innings, with Chris Carpenter out of the game after the Cards ace proved incapable of starting on three days' rest. And yet somehow, the Cardinals rallied their way to a 5-4 victory over the Phillies behind six scoreless innings from the bullpen (which allowed a single hit over the game's final six frames). The Cards offense got off the mat in the fourth inning, plating three runs on a cue-shot double by Ryan Theriot, a single by Jon Jay, and another run-scoring single from Rafael Furcal. Al Pujols gave the Cardinals the lead in the top of the seventh, singling in Allen Craig (who led off the inning with a booming triple to center field) for the eventual winning run.

The division series standings:

  • Detroit 1, New York 1.
  • Tampa 1, Texas 1.
  • Milwaukee 2, Arizona 0.
  • St. Louis 1, Philadelphia 1.

On tap for today:

Rangers @ Rays: Lewis (14-10, 4.40) vs. Price (12-13, 3.49) at 4:00 p.m. CDT (TBS)

Yankees @ Tigers: Sabathia (19-8, 3.00) vs. Verlander (24-5, 2.40) at 7:30 p.m. CDT (TBS)