UNDATED (AP) – Baseball’s postseason begins Friday with a pair of one-game playoffs among the wild card teams. In the National League, St. Louis travels to Atlanta to play the Braves and their hot starter Kris Medlen while in the American League, Baltimore travels to Texas to play the two-time AL champion Rangers.
UNDATED (AP) – The other baseball pairings are set, some decided on the 162nd game of the regular season. The AL East champion New York Yankees will open on the road Sunday against the wild card winner, either Baltimore or Texas. Detroit will play Oakland in the other AL playoff series, starting Saturday.
UNDATED (AP) – On Saturday night, Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) will start for visiting Cincinnati against Matt Cain and San Francisco in Game 1 of the NL division series. On Sunday, the Washington Nationals with the best record in baseball at 98-54 send out 21-game winner Gio (JEE’-oh) Gonzalez against the winner of the Atlanta-St. Louis one-game playoff.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Miguel Cabrera received a standing ovation at Kauffman Stadium after going 0-for-2 but securing baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years. The Detroit third baseman finished the regular season with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBI, the first Triple Crown winner since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski (yah-STREM’-skee) in 1967, and 10th in baseball history.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State won’t increase football season ticket prices or current donation levels in 2013, and are starting a new lower $200 level of giving for booster-club members. The changes announced yesterday come amid smaller crowds at Beaver Stadium for the first three games of 2012 as attendance is down about 10 percent from the last two years.