Tigers Advance To American League Championship Series


Published on October 11 2013 6:21 am
Last Updated on October 11 2013 6:21 am
Written by Millie Lange

Tigers Advance To ALCS With Win Over A's

(Oakland, CA) -- The Detroit Tigers have advanced to the American League Championship Series for the third straight year. Justin Verlander fired eight shutout innings as the Tigers blanked the Athletics 3-0 in Game Five of their AL Division Series in Oakland.  Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for Detroit, which wins the best-of-five series three-games-to-two. The Tigers will take on the Red Sox in Game One of the ALCS on Saturday in Boston. Verlander says it's great to help the team win a decisive Game Five.

Verlander had a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the seventh inning. He ended up allowing just two hits while striking out 10 for the win. Joaquin Benoit allowed the tying run to come to the plate in the ninth but got Seth Smith to fly out to end the game.  Twenty-three-year-old rookie Sonny Gray gave up three runs in five frames to suffer the loss. The Tigers eliminated the A's in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year.


Dodgers, Cardinals Begin NLCS Tonight

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals open the National League Championship Series tonight at Busch Stadium.  Zack Greinke will start Game One of the best-of-seven matchup for LA, while the Cards counter with Joe Kelly. Kelly says he's excited for the opportunity to open the NLCS.

The Dodgers advanced to the NLCS with a four-game win over the Atlanta Braves in their Division Series. The Cardinals rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit to knock off the Pittsburgh Pirates in five games in their Division Series. This is the third straight NLCS appearance for St. Louis and its 12th overall.  Los Angeles is in the NLCS for the first time since 2009. The Dodgers won four-of-seven regular season meetings with the Cardinals this year, including three-of-four at Busch Stadium back in August.


Rays' Price Expecting To Be Dealt

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- Rays pitcher David Price is expecting to be on the move this offseason. The 28-year-old left-hander told reporters in Tampa that he would like to remain with the Rays but thinks he'll get traded like past former teammates Carl Crawford and James Shields. Price won't be a free agent until after 2015, but could be too pricey in arbitration for Tampa Bay to keep.

Thursday, October 10 Scoreboard

MLB Playoffs

Detroit Tigers 3, Oakland Athletics 0
(Tigers win best-of-five ALDS, 3-2)


Friday, October 11 Schedule (All Times Central)

MLB Playoffs

7:37 p.m. - Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals
(Game One of best-of-seven NLCS)