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Around the MLB Playoffs: October 7 Edition

News and notes from around the playoffs:

Yesterday's action:

  • Detroit claimed victory in its ALDS series with New York, riding a pair of first-inning homers -- from Don Kelly and Delmon Young -- to a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium. The Tigers only managed one run after the first-inning outburst (Victor Martinez's run-scoring single off of CC Sabathia), but that was enough for Doug Fister and three Detroit relievers, who gave up 10 hits and three walks but held the Yankees to two runs. Robbie Cano hit a solo homer in the fifth to trim Detroit's advantage to two, and Mark Teixeira drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to make it a one-run game, but Joaquin Benoit bounced back to strike out Nick Swisher to end the threat. Jose Valverde put the Yanks down in order in the ninth inning for his second save of the postseason.

The division series standings:

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

On tap for today:

D-backs @ Brewers: Kennedy (0-1, 5.40) vs. Gallardo (1-0, 1.13) at 4:00 p.m. CDT (TBS)

Cardinals @ Phillies: Carpenter (0-0, 12.00) vs. Halladay (1-0, 3.38) at 7:30 p.m. CDT (TBS)