PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are heading to St. Louis to play the Cardinals in the best-of-five NL division series starting Thursday. Russell Martin homered twice and Marlon Byrd also went deep to support Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH’-noh), who pitched seven strong innings in the Pirates’ 6-2 win over Cincinnati in the one-game wild-card playoff.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays, fresh off their one-game playoff against Texas that got them in the postseason, are in Cleveland to play the Indians in the AL one-game wild card. The Rays are going with Matt Garza, their late-season acquisition from the Chicago Cubs, against Indians rookie Danny Salazar.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)— Bad news for Oklahoma City Thunder fans. Star point guard Russell Westbrook will miss the first four to six weeks of the NBA’s regular season as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
CHICAGO (AP)— The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks opened the new NHL season the same way they ended last year’s campaign–with a victory. The Blackhawks outscored the Washington Capitals 6-4 with John Oduya (oh-DOO’-yuh) getting the go-ahead goal with 6:07 left in a three-goal final period.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army, Navy and Air Force might be forced to skip their football games this weekend because of the partial government shutdown. The Defense Department temporarily suspended sports competition at the service academies Tuesday as a result of the budget impasse in Congress.