What Happened Last Night: Justin Verlander Put The Yankees On The Brink
Watch the debate instead of sports last night? Well you didn't miss quite as much as you would have by skipping the sports scene Monday night, but there was still some action - namely, playoff baseball - out there, so we're here to tell you what you need to know. But if you want us to put all this information in a binder, it'll cost you.
The Tigers are a game away from the World Series.
Given that they're trying to keep the Yankees out of the World Series, the Tigers just might be America's favorite baseball team right now. So there's a decent chance their 2-1 win over the Yankees last night - which put them a game away from the World Series and left the Yankees in a near-impossible-to-overcome 3-0 hole - left a greater percentage of the country satisfied than anything either presidential candidate said at Hofstra last night. Suck it, politics!
Justin Verlander was his usual dominant self, going 8 1/3 innings while allowing only one run - a solo homer in the ninth that made the game's end awfully tense. Verlander surrendered the homer, got an out, then was pulled for Phil Coke, who sealed the deal - but not before putting runners on first and second.When he struck out Raul Ibanez (man, what a choker, that Ibanez!) for the final out, though, all was forgiven. And perhaps the most amazing thing about Verlander's dominance last night: he wasn't in peak form. The way he's pitching now, though, even slightly off is more than good enough.
Game 4 is tonight in Detroit. The pennant - or at least not losing the pennant - is on the line. Unfortunately for the Tigers, we doubt "Verlander on zero days rest" is an option.
ALCS Game 4 TV info: Tonight, 8 p.m., TBS.
NLCS Game 3 TV info: Today, 4 p.m., Fox.
Stray college football action
Did you know North Texas and Louisiana-Lafayette played last night? Well...probably not, let's face it. But it was a pretty good one, with North Texas rallying from a 20-6 third-quarter deficit to defeat the Ragin' Cajuns, 30-23. Dan McCarney, who did solid work at Iowa State before getting canned in favor of Gene Chizik (which did... not work out so well for the Cyclones, unless you account for the fact that Chizik's abrupt departure for Auburn led to Paul Rhoads' hiring, and Paul Rhoads is the best), is doing well thus far in rebuilding North Texas, too.
NBA preseason, so you don't have to
The Lakers lost 114-80 to the Jazz, so they'll probably go 0-82. The Nets edged the Celtics thanks to 23 points and nine rebounds from early MVP favorite Andray Blatche. The T'Wolves dominated Israeli team Maccabi Haifa 114-81, and Brandon Roy had 19 points, which is pretty cool even though it's the preseason. The Bobcats lost 120-98 to the Thunder because they're the Bobcats, but the real story is that Bobcats center - again, center - Byron Mullens attempted 10 threes. And he made four, so it's not like it was a total joke. Play that unconventional is - well, it might be the only way to make the Bobcats interesting.
Getty photo, by Leon Halip
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