OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Detroit Tigers rode a dominating pitching performance from Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander to the American League Championship Series. Verlander hurled a four-hitter and fanned 11 for his seventh complete game this year in the Tigers’ 6-0 Game 5 clinching victory over Oakland last night.
NEW YORK (AP) – New York ace CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) goes for the Yankees today in their decisive fifth game of their AL Division Series against Baltimore, which will start Jason Hammel today. J.J. Hardy’s RBI double in the 13th inning drove in the go-ahead run in the Orioles’ 2-1 win over the Yankees last night to tie the series.
WASHINGTON (AP)- Jayson Werth saved the Washington Nationals season with a line drive homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Nats a 2-1 win over St. Louis and force a decisive Game 5 tonight in the Nation’s Capital. The Nats hand the ball to 21-game winner Gio (JEE’-oh) Gonzalez against the Cards’ Adam Wainwright.
CINCINNATI (AP) – The Washington-St. Louis winner will be playing San Francisco in the NL Championship Series. The Giants became the first NL team to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the division series after beating Cincinnati 6-4 with Buster Posey’s grand slam climaxing a six-run fifth inning.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans handed the Pittsburgh Steelers their third road loss of the season, 26-23 last night. Rob Bironas (bih-ROH’-nihs) kicked his fourth field goal, a 40-yarder as time expired.