OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)–The Oakland Athletics rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Detroit 4-3 and tie their AL Division Series at two games. After Seth Smith delivered a two-run double to tie the game, he scored the winning run on a Coco Crisp walkoff RBI single off ace Tigers closer Jose Valverde (val-VAYR’-day).
NEW YORK (AP) -The New York Yankees used a pair of home runs by 40-year-old Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL’ ih-BAHN’-yehz) in their 3-2, 12-inning win over Baltimore and a 2-1 lead in the AL Division Series. Pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez, Ibanez delivered a game-tying homer in the ninth and then a walkoff homer in the 12th.
WASHINGTON (AP)- The Washington Nationals are turning to lanky southpaw Ross Detwiler in a must-win game today in the Nation’s Capital against St. Louis. The Cardinals took a 2-1 series lead by blanking the Nats 8-0 yesterday and give the ball to 16-game winner Kyle Lohse (lohsh) today.
CINCINNATI (AP) -It’s Mat Latos (LAY’-tohs) for Cincinnati against Matt Cain of San Francisco in the decisive Game 5 of that NL Division Series today. The Giants have won the last two games, hitting three home runs in an 8-3 win over the Reds yesterday.
NEW YORK (AP)- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and his top lieutenant Bill Daly will be in labor negotiations again today with the top two negotiators of the players union, Donald Fehr (feer) and his special counsel Steve Fehr, in an attempt to end the 25-day hockey lockout. Tonight was supposed to be the start of the NHL regular season, but the first two weeks of the season have been canceled due to the work stoppage.