Monday, October 3, 2011

American League Divisional Playoffs: Tigers, Rangers One Win Each Away From American League Championship Series

Both American League divisional playoff series continued on Monday.

At Saint Petersburg, Florida:

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer off starting pitcher David Price as part of a four-run seventh inning as the Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to take a two-games-to-one lead in their best-of-five opening round series.  The Rangers can wrap up the series with a win on the road on Tuesday.

At Detroit:

In eight gritty innings of work, Justin Verlander struck out 11 batters while Jose Valverde stopped a New York rally for the second straight night, striking out Derek Jeter with two men on base in the ninth inning as the Detroit Tigers took game three with the visiting Yankees 5-4 to take a two-games-to-one series lead.  Delmon Young hit a tiebreaking home run off New York pitcher Rafael Soriano in the seventh inning.

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