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WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap


Albany, NY – Well the Yankees stay alive...

Last night in Detroit, A.J. Burnett held the hard-hitting Tigers to one run on four hits over five and two-thirds, as the Yankees staved off postseason elimination with a 10-1 rout of Detroit. Derek Jeter's two-run double in the third put the Yankees ahead for good. New York broke it wide open scoring six runs in the eighth. Ivan Nova and Doug Fister take to the hill in the decisive Game 5 tomorrow night.

In the other ALDS, Adrian Beltre belted three home runs, just the seventh time a player has hit three home runs in a postseason game, as the Rangers wrapped up the series with a 4-3 win over the Rays. Texas advances to their second straight ALCS berth.

Over to the NLDS, in St. Louis, Ben Francisco cracked a pinch-hit, three run shot in the seventh, and the Phillies hung on to beat the Cardinals 3-2. Philadelphia grabs a 2-1 series lead, and can put away St. Louis in Game 4 tonight. Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson.

In Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt launched a fifth-inning grand slam, powering the Diamondbacks over the Brewers 8-1 in a must-win Game 3. Milwaukee still leads the series 2-1. Game 4 is tonight, Joe Saunders and Randy Wolf.

In other baseball news, Red Sox owner John Henry says the team has begun searching for a new manager to replace Terry Francona, and interviews could begin next week. And ESPN reports this morning that the Cubs have contacted the Red Sox, seeking permission to talk to general manager Theo Epstein.

In NBA news, push has come to shove in the labor talks, which have broken down after four hours of fruitless talks. The NBA has canceled the remainder of the preseason, and will wipe out the first two weeks of the regular season, if there is no labor agreement by Monday.

In NFL news, Hank Williams Jr. has apologized for using an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama, which prompted ESPN to pull his classic intro song to "Monday Night Football." Williams said in a statement posted on Facebook and on his website, that his passion for politics and sports "got the best or worst of me."

And in college basketball news, Coach Pat Summitt will receive the Maggie Dixon Courage award when she brings her Tennessee Lady Vols to the sixth annual Classic that honors the former Army coach. Summitt surprised the sports world with her announcement in August, that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. She begins her 38th season today.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.