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Around the MLB Playoffs: October 6 Edition

News and notes from around the playoffs:

Yesterday's action:

  • St. Louis lived to play another day thanks to a Herculean effort by third baseman David Freese, who doubled in two runs and then hit a clutch two-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over Philadelphia. The Phillies jumped on Cards starter Edwin Jackson for two quick runs in the first inning, as Jimmy Rollins doubled, Chase Utley followed with a triple, and Hunter Pence brought Utley home with a sharp single to center field. But Jackson settled down from there, giving up just two more hits and a walk over the next five innings, and the Cards rallied to take the lead on Freese's big hits. Tony LaRussa used five Cardinal relievers to finish out the game, and Jason Motte picked up his second save of the postseason with an efficient, 12-pitch ninth inning.
  • I'll just recycle yesterday's note on the Brewers: Shaun Marcum Randy Wolf was an abject disaster, and the rest of the Brewers weren't much better, as Arizona staved off elimination with a 10-6 drubbing of Milwaukee at Chase Field. Our recap is here.

The division series standings:

  • Detroit 2, New York 2.
  • Texas 3, Tampa 1.
  • Milwaukee 2, Arizona 2.
  • Philadelphia 2, St. Louis 2.

On tap for today:

Tigers @ Yankees: Fister (11-13, 2.83) vs. Nova (16-4, 3.70) at 7:00 p.m. CDT (TBS)