LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers send out 13-game winner Ricky Nolasco tonight (9:37 p.m. Eastern first pitch) as they try to advance to the NL championship series. The Dodgers got home runs from Juan Uribe (yoo-REE’-bay) and Carl Crawford in last night’s 13-6 win over the Atlanta Braves to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five first-round series.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates can advance to the NL championship series with a victory this afternoon at PNC Park following their 5-3 win over St. Louis yesterday for a 2-1 series lead. Charlie Morton is set to start for the Pirates in Game 4 this afternoon (3:07 p.m. Eastern time first pitch) against rookie Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah).
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers send out 14-game winner Anibal Sanchez against Oakland’s Jarrod Parker in today’s Game 3 of the AL division series knotted at a game apiece. Tonight at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Tampa Bay Rays face a must-in Game 3 down 2-0 to the Boston Red Sox.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Denver Broncos are one of three remaining unbeaten NFL teams, along with the Saints and Chiefs. The Broncos capitalized on a late Tony Romo interception and outlasted the Dallas Cowboys 51-48 as both teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.
CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time in four career games at Soldier Field, New Orleans QB Drew Brees (breez) came out a winner after guiding the Saints to a 26-18 win over the Chicago Bears. Brees threw two touchdown passes to Pierre Thomas, and Jimmy Graham tied an NFL record with his fourth consecutive 100-yard game.