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Wed October 9, 2013
Red Sox In, Rays Out
In baseball, the Boston Red Sox have played themselves into the American League Championship Series for the 10th time, doing it with excellent pitching and a few timely hits.
Shane Victorino singled home the tiebreaking run and Xander Bogaerts scored twice as the Red Sox pulled out a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 4 of the division series. The Rays led 1-0 until Bogaerts scored the tying run on a wild pitch, moments before Victorino drove in Jacoby Ellsbury. Dustin Pedroia added a sacrifice fly in the ninth to cap the scoring.
The Detroit Tigers forced a fifth game in the American League Division Series rallying for an 8-6 win over the Oakland Athletics. The game turned on Jhonny Peralta's game-tying, three-run homer in the fifth inning after Detroit collected back-to-back singles.
New York Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner wants Joe Girardi to remain with the team and is awaiting the manager's decision on a new contract. Girardi's current deal expires at the end of the month, and the team offered a new agreement last week.
In the NHL, the NY Islanders beat Phoenix 6-1. It was San Jose over the NY Rangers 9-2. Philadelphia beat Florida 2-1. Tampa Bay topped Buffalo 3-2 in overtime. Pittsburgh defeated Carolina 5-2. Colorado trumped Toronto 2-1. Nashville won against Minnesota 3-2 and New Jersey fell to Vancouver 3-2 in overtime.
Checking NBA preseason action, Brooklyn passed Washington 111-106 in overtime. Oklahoma City beat Philadelphia 103-99. Cleveland edged Milwaukee 99-87. Atlanta defeated Charlotte 87-85. Utah cruised past Golden State 101-78 and the Lakers won against Denver 90-88.
Finally, a pre-trial hearing in Massachusetts is scheduled today in Fall River Superior Court for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
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