Saturday Morning State Sports Update
Sat, 06 Oct 2012 03:27:05 EDT
The Oakland A's and Detroit Tigers square off this evening in Game One of the
American League Division Series at Comerica Park.
Firts pitch is 6:07 p.m.
Reigning AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander will start for Detroit, while
Oakland counters with 13-game winner Jarrod Parker. The Tigers are making their
first consecutive playoff appearances since the 1930's after winning the AL
After beating the Yankees in the first round, Detroit was knocked out in the
ALCS last year by Texas.
The Athletics captured the AL West title on the final day of the regular season,
completing a three-game sweep of Texas. Oakland's last playoff appearance was
in 2006 when the A's lost to the Tigers in the ALCS.
The Baltimore Orioles soared past the Texas Rangers, 5-1, in the first American
League Wild Card Game.
Joe Saunders tossed five-and-two-thirds of one-run ball to pick up the victory
for the O's, who are in the postseason for the first time since 1997.
J.J. Hardy went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run while Nate McLouth drove in two
for the Birds, who won a decisive playoff game for the first time in team
Adam Jones also drove in a run for Baltimore, which will host the New York
Yankees in the American League Division Series starting Sunday.
The defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals dropped the Atlanta
Braves, 6-3, in the first National League Wild Card game.
Kyle Lohse (low-sh) gave up two runs in five-and-two-thirds innings to pick up
the victory while Jason Motte recorded the final four outs for the save.
Matt Holliday went 2-for-3 with a solo homer while Allen Craig finished 2-for-4
with an RBI and run scored for St. Louis. The Cards advance to the National
League Division Series where they will host the Washington Nationals starting
David Ross hit a two-run homer for the Braves while Kris Medlen gave up five
runs, two earned, in six-and-a-third innings to suffer the loss. Chipper Jones
went 1-for-5 in the final game of his career. Jones reached on an infield
single in the ninth inning.
Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez played the game under protest after umpires
declared Andrelton Simmons out on an infield-fly rule call in the bottom of the
The questionable call gave Atlanta runners at second and third with two outs
rather than having the bases loaded with one out. Major League Baseball denied
the Braves of the protest shortly after the game ended. Fans angrily threw
debris onto the field in protest of the call, delaying the game nearly 20
AL Wild Card Game
Baltimore Orioles 5, Texas Rangers 1
NL Wild Card Game
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Atlanta Braves 3
The Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines both play Big Ten road games
The 3-and-2 Spartans will travel south to take on the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday
afternoon. Kick off is 12:00 p.m.
M-S-U is coming off last Saturday's home loss to Ohio State in their Big Ten
The 2-and-2 Wolverines will kick off their Big Ten season Saturday when they
travel to take on the 3-and-1 Purdue Boilermakers.
Game time is 4:00 p.m.
Michigan is coming off a road loss to Notre Dame two weeks ago.
In MAC action today... Western Michigan will host Massachusetts. Game time is
2:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan will play host to Kent State. Kick off is 1:00 p.m.
Central Michigan will travel to take on Toledo. Game time is 3:00 p.m.
The Detroit Lions have a break in the action following a 1-and-3 start to the
Detroit has a bye on Sunday before playing at Philadelphia on October 14th.
Defensive end Cliff Avril, defensive tackle Corey Williams and safety Louis
Delmas are listed as questionable against the Eagles because of various
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was fined $21,000 by the NFL for his
on Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson this past Sunday. He is being penalized
for unnecessary roughness and striking an opponent in the head and neck area.
During Detroit's touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of a recent 20-13 loss to
Minnesota, quarterback Matthew Stafford attempted a pass across the middle of
The pass sailed over the receiver's head, but Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway
still rocked Johnson with a punishing hit.
Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was suspended for three more games by
the NFL on Friday.
He was already serving a six-game suspension due to a violation of the
league's banned-substances policy after he supplied a "non-human" urine sample
during a drug test.
The further suspension is due to a conviction for a driving while ability
impaired charge in August. Denver's leading tackler in five of his eight seasons
in the NFL, he won't be eligible to play a game until the team hosts San Diego
on Nov. 18.