The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees are going the distance to see who plays Detroit in the AL Championship Series. J.J. Hardy's RBI double in the 13th inning drove in the go-ahead run in the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Yankees. The win sets up the decisive Game 5 this afternoon in the Bronx. Yankee ace CC Sabathia is Joe Girardi's choice. The Orioles are going with Jason Hammel.
Justin Verlander hurled a four-hit shutout and the Tigers beat Oakland 6-0 to win the decisive fifth game in that AL Division Series. Verlander struck out 11 in posting his seventh complete game this season. He struck out the first two batters he faced, got the Oakland crowd out of the game early and put it in cruise control. Verlander also won the opener of this series. He set a record with 22 strikeouts in the division series.
Jayson Werth fought off pitch after pitch. Then finally on the 13th pitch thrown by reliever Lance Lynn, Werth delivered the most important hit in the seven-year history of the Washington Nationals. Werth lined a fastball over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth to give the Nats a dramatic 2-1 victory over St. Louis to extend their season for at least one more day. The Nationals and Cardinals will decide this NL Division Series tonight in Washington.
Buster Posey had a grand slam as San Francisco completed its startling comeback by holding off the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 in the decisive Game 5 of the NL division series. The Giants await the Washington-St. Louis victor.
In the NFL, an upset last night as the Tennessee Titans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-23 to snap a two-game skid. This Sunday the 2-3 Jets host the Colts at 1, 3-2 New England will spend their week 6 in Seattle and Big Blue also heads west as the Giants play the 49ers with a 4:25 kickoff.
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