DETROIT—The Texas tag team of Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli was too much for the Detroit Tigers.
Cruz made a rocket throw from right field to keep the score tied, then hit a crushing three-run homer in the 11th inning off Jose Valverde that helped send the Rangers to a 7-3 win over the Tigers last night for a 3-1 lead in the AL championship series.
ST. LOUIS—The Milwaukee Brewers hoped Yovani Gallardo would settle down and stop the St. Louis Cardinals.
Instead, he went wild.
Albert Pujols hit an RBI double during a four-run first inning against Gallardo and the Brewers never quite recovered, falling 4-3 to the Cardinals last night and dropping into a 2-1 deficit in the NL championship series.
The NHL returned to Winnipeg with a cold reminder of the challenge that lies ahead, but it did little to dampen the warmth brought on by a massive civic celebration.
As the clock ticked down on Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the sold-out crowd at MTS Centre rose to its feet and gave the Jets a standing ovation that was 15 years in the making.
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Jimmie Johnson didn’t qualify where he wanted, and his car never quite co-operated during the final practice session at Kansas Speedway.
So he spent Saturday evening in the garage area, going over different setups with the rest of his team.
That dedication, that attention to detail, is a big reason he’s chasing his sixth-straight Cup title.
MINNEAPOLIS—Adrian Peterson rammed his way into the end zone to make Minnesota’s early lead even larger—lowering his shoulder to finish the run as if to pour four weeks of frustration out on his unsuccessful tackler.
The Minnesota Vikings finally ended their troubling habit of stumbling down the stretch.
EDEN PRARIE, Minn.—They are tied together, Leslie Frazier and Donovan McNabb, by a 13-year relationship that helped bring the veteran quarterback to Minnesota back in July.
That relationship—built on trust and communication—has become more important than ever as criticism of both player and coach starts to mount in the wake of an 0-4 start that is the worst for the Vikings since 2002.
SAN MARTIN, Calif.—Anyone expecting a new and improved version of Tiger Woods saw much of the same old thing yesterday.
An early birdie to raise hopes. A sudden tumble. And he couldn’t make a putt.
PHILADELPHIA—Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter grew up together with the Toronto Blue Jays, and the best friends have spent plenty of time competing on golf courses and fishing boats.
The stakes will be much higher when the all-stars go head-to-head on a mound for the first time tonight.
BOSTON—Researchers studying the brain of seven-time all-star Rick Martin found damage consistent with the trauma they found in other former NHL players.
The difference is Martin wasn’t a fighter.
Martin is the first non-enforcer who has been diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy by researchers at a Boston University brain bank.
NEW YORK—All the months of preparation, all the millions of dollars, all the hopes of the N.Y. Yankees and Detroit Tigers come down to this: Ivan Nova vs. Doug Fister for a berth in the AL championship series.
Just three months ago, one had been demoted to the minor leagues while the other was languishing with a 3-12 record for last-place Seattle.