Wednesday Morning State Sports Summary
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 01:32:21 EDT
                       ---M-L-B---

Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur each lifted a solo home run to help the
Kansas City Royals drop the Detroit Tigers, 4-2 last night at Kauffman Stadium.
Doug Fister allowed three runs in four-and-a-third innings for the loss.
Miguel Cabrera extended his AL batting average and RBI lead after a 2-for-3
performance with an RBI single for Detroit.
Cabrera heads into the final day of the regular season leading all three AL
Triple Crown categories.
Detroit sends Luis Marte to the hill in tonight's regular season finale, while
Luis Mendoza gets the nod for Kansas City.
First pitch is set for 8:10 p.m.




Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer's shoulder is fine, but he will not be on
the mound in tonight's regular season finale because of another injury.
Scherzer twisted his ankle Monday night in the team's celebration on the field
after Detroit clinched their second straight AL Central title.
Manager Jim Leyland said the injury doesn't appear to be serious, but Scherzer's
ankle is swollen, so Luis Marte will make his first Major League start in his
place.




For the second straight season and first time this year, Justin Verlander was
named AL Pitcher of the Month, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
The award went to Verlander three days after the AL Cy Young Award candidate
threw seven impressive innings en route to his fifth win in September.
He finished the month with a 5-1 record en route to a 1.93 ERA in six starts.




The St. Louis Cardinals have locked up the final postseason spot.
Despite losing on Tuesday, the Cards still clinched the final National League
Wild Card spot after the Dodgers lost to San Francisco.
The Atlanta Braves will host St. Louis in the newly-created Wild Card Game.
The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals are tied for the best record in the
NL, but the Nats hold the tie-breaker.

On the American League side, the Oakland Athletics moved into a tie atop the
West Division with the Texas Rangers.
The winner of today's matchup takes the West.
Oakland was 13 games out of the division lead on June 30th.
The Yankees are one game up on the Orioles in the East after surviving in extras
against the Red Sox.
The O's came away with a 1-0 win against the Rays and can force a one-game
playoff with the Yankees if the teams were to tie for the division.
The regular season ends today.




More than seven years after he was beaned in the head by the first and only
pitch he saw in the major leagues, Adam Greenberg made another plate appearance
Tuesday night as a member of the Miami Marlins.
Greenberg was used as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning of Miami's home game
against the New York Mets.
Greenberg was struck out on three pitches by Mets hurler and knuckleballer R.A.
Dickey. The Marlins went on to win the game in 11 innings, 4-3.
The Marlins received permission from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE-lig) and
offered the now 31-year-old outfielder a one-day contract.
As a member of the Chicago Cubs, Greenberg was hit by Marlins pitcher Valerio De
Los Santos in July 2005.
The beaning caused vertigo, headaches, dizziness and double vision, essentially
ending his big league career.




Today is the last day the Houston Astros play as a National League team.
The Astros will make the switch from the National League Central to the American
League West Division next season.
The move will create balance between the two leagues with 15 teams each as well
as give all six MLB divisions five teams each. The Astros will play their
National League finale this afternoon against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field,
the same team they broke into the majors against as the Houston Colt .45s back
in 1962.




                             (M-L-B Scoreboard)

American League

Oakland Athletics 3, Texas Rangers 1
New York Yankees 4, Boston Red Sox 3 (12th inning)
Baltimore Orioles 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Cleveland Indians 4, Chicago White Sox 3 (12th inning)
Toronto Blue Jays 4, Minnesota Twins 3
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 2
Seattle Mariners 6, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1

National League

San Francisco Giants 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Cincinnati Reds 3, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Washington Nationals 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Atlanta Braves 1
Miami Marlins 4, New York Mets 3 (11th inning)
Houston Astros 3, Chicago Cubs 0
Milwaukee Brewers 4, San Diego Padres 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Colorado Rockies 3




                          ---N-F-L---

The Detroit Lions have a bye this week before facing the Eagles October 14th in
Philadelphia.
Detroit dropped to 1-and-3 with a 20-13 loss to Minnesota on Sunday at home.
Special teams again let the Lions down, as for the second straight week the team
allowed punt and kickoff returns for scores.
Last week, the Titans did the same in a 44-41 overtime win against Detroit.




                              ---N-B-A---

Training camp continues for the Detroit Pistons.
Head coach Lawrence Frank and company are gathering this week in Auburn Hills as
they prep for the upcoming season.
Detroit will open preseason play on October 10th at home against Toronto. The
Pistons begin regular season play on October 31st against Houston at the Palace.





                         ---N-H-L---

The NHL and NHLPA resumed negotiations Tuesday, as the two sides continue to
search for a resolution to the lockout. Following a two-hour meeting, NHL
deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn't have encouraging news, saying the session
"wasn't overly encouraging, that's for sure."
He added that no new discussions have been scheduled.
NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr did not speak with reporters after leaving the
conference.
The league has already canceled the entire preseason. Regular-season games,
which are slated to start next Thursday, may be next on the chopping block.


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