Friday Morning State Sports Summary
Fri, 12 Oct 2012 01:56:39 EDT

Justin Verlander fired a four-hit complete game as the Detroit Tigers advanced to the American League Championship Series with a 6-0 win over the Oakland Athletics last night.
Verlander struck out 11 and walked one to help the Tigers win the best-of-five ALDS, 3-2.
Austin Jackson knocked in two runs and scored two more for Detroit, which advanced to the ALCS for the second straight year. The Tigers will face either the Orioles or the Yankees in the ALCS.
The O's and Yanks will meet in the decisive Game Five of their series on Friday.
Jarrod Parker allowed four runs over six-and-a-third innings to take the loss for Oakland, which had won two straight after falling into a 2-0 hole in the series.
The ALCS begins Saturday night.

In New York, J.J. Hardy's RBI double in the top of the 13th gave the Baltimore Orioles a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game Four of their ALDS.
Nate McLouth smacked a solo homer in the fifth to help Baltimore dodge elimination and force a decisive Game Five at 5:07 p.m. Eastern on Friday.
The O's and Yanks have split their 22 meetings this season. All four division series went the maximum five games.

In the National League, Buster Posey hit a grand slam during a six-run fifth inning as the San Francisco Giants held off the Cincinnati Reds, 6-4, in the decisive Game Five of their NL Division Series.
After falling in a two-games-to-none hole, the Giants reeled off three straight road wins to advance to the NLCS. The Reds have not won a playoff series since 1995.

In the other NLDS, Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo homer to give the Washington Nationals a 2-1 win over the Cardinals in Game Four.
Werth's shot helped the Nats avoid elimination and force a decisive Game Five Friday night. First-pitch will be at 8:37 p.m. Eastern. The winner advances to face the Giants.

(M-L-B Scoreboard)

Detroit Tigers 6, Oakland Athletics 0
(Tigers win series 3-2)
Baltimore Orioles 2, New York Yankees 1 (13 innings)
(series tied 2-2)

San Francisco Giants 6, Cincinnati Reds 4
(Giants win series 3-2)
Washington Nationals 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
(series tied 2-2)


The Detroit Lions are getting healthier.
With defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and receiver Titus Young returning to practice yesterday, defensive tackle Corey Williams was the only player watching from the sidelines.
Williams, who had knee surgery in September, has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Philadelphia.
Safety Louis Delmas is expected to play against the Eagles after practicing again.
Delmas has been out since early August because of knee surgery.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (en-DOM-ah-ken SOO) is accused in a hit-and-run.
A man claims Suh hit him yesterday on a Michigan freeway and kept on going.
Steven Vines says Suh was behind the wheel of a Range Rover, and sideswiped him while trying to pass him on an exit ramp. Vines called 911 and followed Suh to the Lions' training facility. Police confirm an investigation is ongoing.

Rob Bironas' 40-yard field goal as time expired gave the Titans a 26-23 upset win over the Steelers on "Thursday Night Football." Matt Hasselbeck passed for 290 yards, a touchdown and an interception to help the Titans improve to 2-and-4.
Chris Johnson rushed for 91 yards in the victory.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 363 yards, a touchdown and a pick for the Steelers, who dropped to 2-and-3.
Roethlisberger passed Terry Bradshaw for most passing yards in franchise history.
Pittsburgh running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Issac Redman were both injured in the loss.

(N-F-L Scoreboard)

Tennessee Titans 26, Pittsburgh Steelers 23

---College Football---

The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans play homecoming games this weekend in Big Ten college football action.
The 3-and-2 Wolverines, fresh off a win against Purdue, will play host to the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Big House.
U-of-M opened up Big Ten play last weekend with a 44-to-13 win over Purdue.
The 4-and-2 Spartans, who are coming off a 31-to-27 win over Indiana on the road last weekend, will host the 3-and-2 Iowa Hawkeyes at Spartan Stadium.


The Detroit Pistons are back in preseason action this evening when they travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.
The Pistons are coming off Wednesday's 101-to-99 win over the Raptors, with Greg Monroe leading the team in scoring with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Rookie Andre Drummond had a nice debut, scoring 12 points, including the go-ahead bucket in the victory.

(N-B-A Preseason)

Miami Heat 94, LA Clippers 80
New York Knicks 108, Washington Wizards 101
Philadelphia 76ers 102, Orlando Magic 95
New Orleans Hornets 90, Charlotte Bobcats 87
Golden State Warriors 108, Maccabi 100


The NHL lockout continues.
Although little progress was reported following labor talks on Wednesday, the league and the Players' Association gathered once again yesterday.
The NHL has cancelled all games through October 24th, which were scheduled to begin last night with contests in Philadelphia, Colorado, Montreal and Calgary.
The Red Wings were scheduled to open the regular season tonight at home against Nashville.


Hendrick Motorsports revealed on Thursday morning that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not compete in the next two Sprint Cup Series races due to a concussion he suffered last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Earnhardt Jr., who is the most popular driver in NASCAR, was involved in a 25- car crash on the final lap at Talladega.
According to a news release from HMS, he was diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday in Charlotte.
Earnhardt Jr. will miss Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Oct. 21 event at Kansas Speedway.
Regan Smith will substitute for Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet at both racetracks.

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