ALCS Game 3: Yankees 1, Tigers 2: The Yankees continue to be unable to score through the first eight innings of a game against the Tigers. Phil Hughes left in the fourth inning with a strained back, and he only gave up a solo home run to Delmon Young. Quentin Berry later added a solo home run off of David Phelps; aside from that Yankee pitching wasn't the problem. Justin Verlander was Justin Verlander and shut out the Yankees on two hits through eight innings. Eduardo Nunuez solved that with his own solo home run in the 9th. Phil Coke made things interesting after Verlander was pulled, but the Tigers held on for the victory. The Yankees now have to try to become only the second team to come back from a 3-0 ALCS deficit... and they know what happened to the first team... Tigers lead series 3-0.
NLCS Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals 1, San Francisco Giants 7 - The Giants showed the Cardinals that they do have some offense, it just needs a spark. Last night, that spark was Matt Holliday's rough take-out slide of Marco Scutato in the 1st inning, which even some Cardinals fans seem to think was too much. Angel Pagan returned fire with a leadoff home run. Chris Carpenter helped his own cause with an RBI to tie it up in the 2nd inning. In the 4th inning, San Francisco broke the game open. Carpenter's own throwing error brought in run #2, and a two-out walk to Pagan set up Scutaro's own revenge, a two-run single that benefited from another error, this one by Holliday. The Cardinals managed only two hits the rest of the way, while the Giants tacked on two more runs in the 8th. Series tied 1-1.
ALCS Game 3: New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers, 5pm on TBS - (Tigers lead series 2-0) The Yankees had enough trouble scoring runs the first two games, and tonight they get to go up against Justin Verlander, who threw a fairly easy complete-game shutout in Oakland just because he could. Plus, they'll have to deal with actual fans in the stadium, who will be even louder than the boos they received in Game 2. New York counters with Phil Hughes. He faced Detroit twice this season, in two very different outings. He allowed only one run in 6.2 innings against Baltimore in Game 4.