OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson shut down the Tigers on two hits through six innings and the Athletics bullpen did the rest in the Athletics’ 2-0 win over Detroit in their must-win AL Division Series game last night. Seth Smith homered and Coco Crisp robbed Prince Fielder of a homer with a leaping catch for the Athletics, who trail the series 2-1 heading to tonight’s Game 4.
CINCINNATI (AP) – The San Francisco Giants stayed alive in their NL Division Series by rallying for a 2-1 win over Cincinnati that cuts the Reds’ series lead to 2-1. Scott Rolen booted a grounder by Juan Arias in the 10th inning, allowing Buster Posey to score the go-ahead run for the Giants, who send out 15-game winner Barry Zito (ZEE’-toh) in today’s Game 4.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Ex-Cardinal Edwin Jackson has the honor of throwing the first pitch in the first postseason baseball game in the Nation’s Capital in 79 years today. Jackson goes up against Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals, who are tied 1-1 with the Nationals in that NL Division Series.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – Following back surgery last spring, Dwight Howard has been cleared for limited five-on-five scrimmages with the Los Angeles Lakers in his latest step back. He had participated in every other aspect of the Lakers’ practices during training camp except full-court contact.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – In what sounded at times like a locker room pep talk, a defiant former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky denied committing “disgusting acts” against children and instead painted himself as the victim. After he said his piece, a judge sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in prison, all but ensuring the 68-year-old Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the child sexual abuse scandal.