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Four Games In One Day: Take Two

All four series, again, are underway today. The Giants and A's both avoided being swept, and the Yankees and Nationals finally get to experience home field advantage.

Scott Kane-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Last time, on Days of our Playoffs...

Giants 2, Reds 1 (10) - Cincinnati scored in the 1st inning, before Ryan Vogelsong managed to settle down and throw four more hitless innings. Meanwhile, facing Homer Bailey, the Giants again didn't get their first hit until the 6th inning, but in the 3rd, they scored a run without a hit (hit-by-pitch, walk, sac bunt, sac fly). That was all the excitement until Buster Posey led off the 10th with a single and scored on an error. The teams combined for seven hits. It was a pitcher's duel a little bit boring. Reds lead series 2-1.

Tigers 0, Athletics 2 - The A's returned home to the comfort zone of their crazy fans and "sellout" crowds and... well I'm not sure what else about the Coliseum is comforting but the A's have won their last six in a row at home. They scored in the 1st on a single by Yoenis Cespedes, and Seth Smith hit a solo home run in the 5th. That was all for the offense, as pitching and defense was the name of this game, too. Former Diamondbacks prospect Brett Anderson (part of the Dan Haren deal) pitched six scoreless innings, and Anibal Sanchez was decent, he just didn't have any run support. Coco Crisp robbed Prince Fielder of a home run with a leaping catch, and Stephen Drew turned some great double-plays, including one to end the ballgame. Tigers lead series 2-1.

Because both Bay Area teams won yesterday, it's another four-for-the-price-of-one day today, and the action starts early.

NLDS Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals @ Washington Nationals, 10am on MLBN: Our nation's capitol gets its first taste of playoff baseball.

NLDS Game 4: San Francisco Giants @ Cincinnati Reds, 1pm on TBS: The Reds send Mike Leake to face Barry Zito.

ALCS Game 3: Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees, 4:30pm on TBS: These two teams ended their regular season matchup at 9-9, and are now tied 1-1 in this series.

ALCS Game 4: Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics, 6:00pm on TNT: The A's try once again to stave off elimination.