Rays and Rangers look to advance against New York
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - It's this simple. The winner moves
on to the American League Championship Series. The loser heads
home. Tonight in St. Petersburg, Fla, the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas
Rangers will pull out all the stops to try to earn the right to
face the Yankees in the ALCS.
The best-of-five ALDS between the Rays and Rangers is tied at
two wins apiece after the visiting team won both games in the
series. The Rangers opened things up with two wins in St. Pete with
the prospect of having to win only one of two games in Arlington,
Texas, to clinch the series. They outscored the Rays 11-1 in the
first two games and led in the eighth inning of Game 3 before Tampa
Bay fought back with wins in games three and four. The Rays are
trying to become the sixth team in major league history to win a
postseason series after losing the first two games at home.
Tonight's pitching matchup is a good one as Game 1 winner Cliff
Lee goes for the Rangers against Game 1 loser David Price.
Lee, obtained from Seattle in early July with this type of
situation in mind, is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in six career postseason
The Rangers are the only current major league franchise that has
never won a playoff series.
Hall of Famer doing well
CLEVELAND (AP) - Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has returned
home following surgery to have a pacemaker implanted. The
91-year-old was released from the Cleveland Clinic earlier this
month and a family friend has told the Associated Press that he has
returned home after a stint in a rehab facility
The longtime ace of the Cleveland Indians is doing well and will
continue to receive outpatient treatment at the hospital, the
friend said. Feller has been undergoing chemotherapy after being
diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August.
Feller won a club record 266 games in an 18-year career with
Cleveland that was interrupted by him serving three years in the
military during World War II. An eight-time All-Star, the
right-hander known as "Rapid Robert" threw three career
no-hitters, including one in 1940 -- the only no-hitter on an
Revis nursing hammy
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says
cornerback Darrelle Revis (dah-REHL' REE'-vihs) had "added
swelling" in his balky left hamstring, and his status for the
team's next game against the Denver Broncos is uncertain. Revis
returned to action Monday night after missing two games with a
strained hamstring, suffered in the first half of the Jets' 28-14
win over the New England Patriots in Week 2. He said after New
York's 29-20 victory over Minnesota that the hamstring was
bothering him throughout the game.
Ryan says Revis didn't tell him the hamstring was hurting.
Light schedule of play
UNDATED (AP) - There are only two games on ice tonight in the
NHL. In the first contest the Detroit Red Wings are playing host to
Colorado, while in the second game of the night the L.A. Kings are
home to Atlanta's Thrashes.
Maltby retiring/Sutton injured
DETROIT (AP) - Forward Kirk Maltby of the Detroit Red Wings is
retiring. The 37 year old played 14 seasons with the Red Wings,
mostly as a key member of the team's "Grind Line" that shut down
opposing scorers and helped the Wings win four Stanley Cups while
he was in Detroit.
He played the first two seasons of his NHL career with the
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Anaheim Ducks defenseman Andy Sutton will
be out for six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his
broken right thumb. The veteran defenseman was hurt in his first
game with Anaheim while fighting Detroit's Ruslan Salei (ROO'-slahn
The Ducks signed Sutton as a free agent in the offseason,
expecting him to play a major role on their revamped defense.
Player infractions and an injury in South Bend
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida receiver Chris Rainey has
returned to the team after being dismissed last month following a
charge of aggravated stalking. Coach Urban Meyer says Rainey won't
play Saturday against Mississippi State, adding that he has to
follow guidelines set out for him by the team.
Rainey allegedly sent a woman he used to date a threatening text
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia tailback Caleb King, the team's
second leading rusher, has been suspended two games by coach Mark
Richt following King's arrest this week. King will miss Saturday's
game against Vanderbilt and the game against Kentucky on Oct. 23.
King was arrested on Monday and charged with failure to appear
at a court date for a speeding ticket in nearby Walton County.
King is Georgia's 11th player to be arrested this year.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph will
not play again this season because he needs hamstring surgery. He
has 28 catches for 328 yards and three touchdowns, and is
considered one of the top tight ends in the country.
The school says Rudolph was hurt in Saturday's victory over
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State cornerback Chris L.
Rucker has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
East Lansing District Court records show Rucker was ticketed Sunday
and has until Oct. 20 to appear for arraignment.
Coach Mark Dantonio announced Sunday night that Rucker was
suspended for at least one game for an unspecified violation of
The senior started 11 games last season and the first six this
season for the Spartans.
Change coming to Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The Pasadena City Council has approved a
$152 million renovation plan for the 88-year-old Rose Bowl stadium.
The council also approved 30-year lease extensions with UCLA and
the Tournament of Roses to continue playing at the bowl.
Construction will run in three phases beginning in January and
ending in 2013 to avoid disrupting games.
The number of luxury seats will be increased from about 550 to
2,500. The site of the annual Rose Bowl game also will get a new
scoreboard, safety improvements, more restrooms and more concession
The city plans to pay for the upgrade with federal stimulus
funds, a bond issue, money from the Tournament of Roses and profits
from previous games.
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