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2:30 AM ET, October 8, 2012


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Fister, Tigers try to take commanding lead against A's  —  The Sports Network  —  (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander was terrific for the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.  Today, they try to take a commanding lead to Oakland when they play Game 2 against the Athletics at Comerica Park.
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Associated Press:
Justin Verlander overpowers A's in Detroit's 3-1 win  —  DETROIT — Justin Verlander allowed a home run to the first batter of the game — and quickly shrugged it off.  —  This hard-throwing ace doesn't usually hit his stride until a bit later.  —  Verlander shut down Oakland after that early slip …
David Pinto /
Playoffs Today  —  The Athletics and Tigers turn things around quickly with a noon EDT start on Sunday, Tommy Milone taking on Doug Fister.  Milone is not in a good situation in Detroit.  His 24 home runs allowed in 190 innings is high, but 18 of those came in 91 1/3 innings on the road.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Associated Press:
Arroyo Gem Puts Reds Up 2-0 on Giants in NLDS  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bronson Arroyo pitched the Reds back to Ohio on quite a playoff roll.  —  Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury …
Globe and Mail:
Reds lead Giants despite losing Johnny Cueto  —  Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer off San Francisco' Matt Cain and the Cincinnati Reds led the Giants 2-0 after three innings of their NL division series opener Saturday night despite losing ace Johnny Cueto to a back injury after eight pitches.
Globe and Mail:
Reds lose Johnny Cueto in Game 1 against Giants
Discussion: Red Reporter
Associated Press:
Rockies' Tracy resigns following 98-loss season  —  DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned Sunday, stepping down after the team set a franchise record for losses.  —  The Rockies said a search for Tracy's replacement would begin immediately but they have no time frame for making a hire.
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
No decision on Rockies manager Jim Tracy expected now until next week  —  Karl Gehring/The Denver Post (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)  —  Following a sweeping evaluation and meeting that spanned several hours Friday, the Rockies will not have a decision on Jim Tracy's future until Monday at the earliest, according to a team source.
Washington returns to playoffs against Cards in Game 1  —  The Sports Network  —  (Sports Network) - The District of Columbia hasn't seen a World Series title since Walter Johnson and the Senators defeated the New York Giants in 1924.  —  The Washington Nationals hope to change that …
Associated Press:
Nationals rally past Cardinals in Game 1  —  ST. LOUIS — Pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals won in their postseason debut, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.
Fox Sports:
Sources: Francona hired by Indians  —  The Cleveland Indians have hired former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, sources have told  —  The Indians are likely to annouce the hiring on Monday.  —  Francona, who led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, will replace Manny Acta.
Nick Cafardo / The Boston Globe:
When it comes to regrets, these baseball GMs have a few  —  Regrets, sometimes general managers have a few.  —  What they wish they had thought of in November, December, and January that would have made their lives so much easier in August and September.  —  Ben Cherington wishes …
Matthew Pouliot / HardballTalk:
Umpires stand by Sam Holbrook's infield-fly rule call  —  Surprisingly enough, Sam Holbrook did talk to the media Friday after his infield-fly rule call that caused the Braves to protest Friday night's game against the Caridnals.  —  Disappointingly, he defended his call, saying he'd make it again after viewing the replay.
Discussion: Fox Sports, DRaysBay and Al's Ramblings
Paul Newberry / Globe and Mail:
Cardinals beat Braves in disputed one-game playoff
David Pinto /
Infield Fly?  —  With men on fist and second with one out …
Discussion: Talking Chop
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