DETROIT (AP) – Justin Verlander allowed three hits and no walks over 8 1/3 innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 2-1 to take a three-games-to-none lead in the American League Championship Series. Verlander had a two-hit shutout until Eduardo Nunez led off the ninth with a homer. Phil Coke gave up a pair of singles before striking out Raul Ibanez (ih-BAHN’-yehz) with the potential tying run in scoring position.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Giants manager Bruce Bochy says there’s a good chance second baseman Marco Scutaro (SKOO’-tah-roh) will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series this afternoon. Scutaro had to leave Game 2 on Monday after five innings due to a strained left hip. He came out of the game an inning after hitting a two-run single in a 7-1 victory that allowed the Giants to tie the series at a game apiece.
TORONTO (AP) – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has made a new offer to the players’ union that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season starting Nov. 2. Bettman said the long-term deal takes steps to guarantee the players will get full value from their existing deals. Union chief Donald Fehr (feer) said he liked some aspects of the offer but still needed time to evaluate the full proposal.
DALLAS (AP) – Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT’-skee) hopes to avoid surgery after experiencing more swelling in his troublesome right knee. The 11-time All-Star said he is going to reduce his workload over the next week and see if the swelling goes down in his knee, which has been drained twice over the past month. The 2011 NBA Finals MVP said if there is no improvement over the next few days, he may have no choice other than to have surgery, which would probably sideline him into the regular season.
IRVING, Texas (AP) – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it “looks obvious” that running back DeMarco Murray won’t play at Carolina because of a sprained left foot suffered in Sunday’s 31-29 loss at Baltimore. Jones said the team is encouraged that the sprain wasn’t more serious than it was. Felix Jones is expected to start in Murray’s place.