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10/05/2011 06:46 PM

D-backs try to even NLDS with Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS


First pitch: Wednesday, 9:35 p.m. EDT
Line: Milwaukee -105, Arizona -105, Total: 7.5

One night after surviving an elimination game behind a rookie pitcher, the D-backs can even things up when they host Milwaukee for Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Arizona beat Brewers starter Randy Wolf twice this year, scoring 10 runs (9 ER) with 23 base runners over 13.1 innings against him. But more importantly than that, Milwaukee continues to be borderline helpless on the road. Its 39-43 mark (-6.1 Units) in away games is by far the worst among playoff teams, and the Brewers have no business being an even bet on the road with their No. 4 starter on the mound against a playoff team. The FoxSheets have a three-star trend that also points towards ARIZONA as the pick:

Play Against - Road teams with a money line of -100 to -150 (MILWAUKEE) - revenging a loss where the team scored 1 run or less, in a game involving two good teams (54% to 62%). (33-14 over the last 5 seasons, 70.2%, +22.4 units. Rating = 3*).

Arizona starter Joe Saunders (12-13, 3.69 ERA) was actually shakier at home this year, going 3-6 with a 4.42 ERA at Chase Field. The soft-tossing southpaw allowed five runs over six innings to the Dodgers at home in his last start of the year, but had allowed just one earned run over 14 innings in his previous two home starts combined. Saunders has some postseason experience, with the Angels in 2008 and ’09. He allowed nine runs and 29 base runners over 15 innings, but those starts all came on the road against the Yankees (twice) and Red Sox.

He faced the Brewers just once this year, at home, and held them to two runs over seven innings. Seeing Saunders is unlikely to slow down the red-hot Ryan Braun. He’s 6-for-11 with three extra-base hits so far in the NLDS, and he has two home runs in six career plate appearances against Saunders.

Wolf (13-10, 3.69 ERA) will likely have his work cut out for him. He gave up 10 runs and 19 hits over 11.2 innings to the likes of the Cubs and Pirates in his last two starts of the year. The Brewers offense continues to struggle outside of Miller Park (4.06 runs/game away, as opposed to 4.84 runs/game at home).

Wolf delivered quality starts in five of his last seven road outings this year, and in 20 career starts against the D-Backs he’s 10-5 with a 4.64 ERA. Since joining the Brewers prior to last season, he has a 5.68 ERA over 25.1 innings against Arizona. He made two postseason starts in his career, both with the Dodgers in 2009, and didn’t fare well (9 innings, 5 runs, 18 base runners allowed).

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10/05/2011 06:48 PM

NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers ALDS Game 5 Preview

Robinson Cano leads the Bronx Bombers with 8 RBI in the series.
Doug Fister is probably in the last place he thought he'd be just a few short months ago. But then, Joe Girardi probably couldn't have imagined a few weeks ago having to turn to AJ Burnett in an elimination game during the playoffs.

Such are the strange twists and turns that baseball takes, especially during the postseason. Burnett delivered in ALDS Game 4 to help knot the series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees, and force a decisive fifth game Thursday. Fister gets the call for Jim Leyland's Tigers in the 8:00 p.m. (ET) start from Yankee Stadium in New York. Girardi will send Ivan Nova to the mound in a strange rematch of Game 1 relievers.

The Yankees opened in the 155-160 chalk range, but that price is down to -150 and even a penny or two lower now. The Don Best odds screen is showing nine for Thursday's total.

Burnett got a lot of kudos for his effort Tuesday evening in Game 4, working into the sixth and allowing Detroit's only run in a 10-1 Yankees rout. But he also got a lot of help from Curtis Granderson just to survive a very shaky first inning. Burnett walked three to fill the sacks, then watched as Granderson made the first of two big grabs off the bat of Tigers right-fielder Don Kelly.

Granderson got caught misplaying the ball, but made up for the gaffe with a leaping catch going back in center. The play turned the whole game around.

Another diving catch by Granderson going into left-center stopped a would-be Detroit rally in the sixth. New York's lineup exploded for six runs in the eighth off Tigers relievers to turn the contest into a laugher, all while Yanks relievers were posting 3 1/3-innings of hitless baseball with six strikeouts.

Fister (13-18, 3.01) and Nova (19-8, 3.66) picked things up in the completion of Game 1 this past Saturday after rain halted things early in the proceedings the night before. The two kept the game 1-1 until the Yankees lineup finally wore Fister down in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring six times against him over 4 2/3 innings.

Nova put in 6 1/3-innings of work that evening, allowing two Detroit runs and striking out five in the eventual 9-3 New York win. Robinson Cano's grand slam in the sixth delivered the knockout punch.

The slam came off Tigers reliever Al Albuquerque who was again ineffective when called upon in Game 4. Detroit's 'pen has been volatile the entire series, allowing 11 earned runs in 9 1/3 frames.

Yankees relievers have countered with a 1.74 ERA over 10 1/3 innings, striking out 13 along the way.

Who might enter in relief if either or both starters get into early trouble remains to be seen. Max Scherzer, who started Game 2 for the Tigers on Sunday, could be seen if Fister can't hack it. Could there be a Justin Verlander sighting as well? He burned through 120 pitches on Monday in Game 3, two days after 25 tosses at the start of Game 1. But given the performance of his bullpen so far, Leyland could be at least tempted to call on his ace one more time.

Girardi is definitely in better shape with his bullpen, and closer Mariano Rivera is a candidate to be called upon in the eighth if needed. Baseball's all-time saves leader has made just one appearance so far, that at the very end of the completion of Game 1 last Saturday. Boone Logan, Cory Wade, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano make for a nice long bridge for Girardi to get to Rivera.

Ted Barrett is in line for the plate if the normal rotation umpire is followed. Crew chief Gerry Davis, who worked Game 3, could opt to work the plate himself. An 18-year veteran in his 12th postseason series, Barrett was 17-13-2 to the 'over' during the regular season, and worked three Yankees games, including Nova's final start on Sept. 25 (NY lost, 'over'). He didn't call a Tigers game in 2011.

After a soggy weekend in New York for Games 1 and 2, it should be a beautiful night for baseball at Yankee Stadium for Game 5. Clear skies and a crisp 60ºF at first pitch with a light north breeze (3B to 1B) is expected.

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10/05/2011 06:53 PM

Unlikely pitchers for Tigers-Yankees finale

October 5, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - All the months of preparation, all the millions of dollars, all the hopes of the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers come down to this: Ivan Nova vs. Doug Fister for a berth in the AL championship series.

Just three months ago, one had been demoted to the minor leagues and the other was languishing with a 3-12 record for last-place Seattle.

``Obviously it's not something I foresaw going on,'' Fister said Wednesday, about 15 hours after the Yankees stretched the first-round series to the limit with a 10-1 rout in Detroit.

On the first off-day of a series interrupted by rain in New York last weekend, there was a cloudless blue sky over Yankee Stadium. But both teams decided not to work out ahead of Thursday night's Game 5, which determines who will play defending AL champion Texas for a berth in the World Series.

``Tomorrow, I got the most important game in my life,'' Nova said, later adding: ``I don't see the reason to feel pressure. It's another game. Of course, it's the most important game of the season now.''

Both teams originally planned to use their aces for a Game 5, but those plans went down the drain when rain caused Friday's opener to be suspended after 1 1/2 innings and pushed back New York's CC Sabathia and Detroit's Justin Verlander to Game 3.

Just 24, he signed with the Yankees in 2004 and was still stuck in Class A four years later when the Yankees allowed him to be plucked away by San Diego in the winter-meeting draft. He didn't last long with the Padres, who returned him to New York near the end of spring training in 2009.

Nova started to move up the system that year, and by 2010 he made his big league debut. Following the retirement of Andy Pettitte last winter, Nova earned the No. 4 slot in the rotation during spring training behind Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, and by the end of the regular season moved up to second because of Burnett's inconsistency and Hughes' injuries. But when Hughes came off the disabled list on July 3, the Yankees sent Nova to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

They brought him back 27 days later.

``Go down and work on a few things and make it so that we can never send you down again,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi recalled telling Nova. ``A lot of times you'll hear through the grapevine a guy complaining through friends or other people. I never heard him complain. He just went about his business. You know what? He's made it so we can't send him down.''

Developing a slider and mixing his pitches better, Nova led major league rookies in wins with a 16-4 record and 3.70 ERA. In his postseason debut, he took over from Sabathia in the completion of Game 1 and pitched shutout ball until the ninth inning of the Yankees' 9-3 win.

``I think we really got out of the strike zone a little more in this series than I had hoped we would,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ``Hopefully, now that we've seen him, we'll have a little better idea the second time around. I think that usually holds true.''

Fister gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings after replacing Verlander in the opener. Acquired along with reliever David Pauley from Seattle for four players on July 30, he had the poorest run support of any AL pitcher at 1.97 runs per game at the time of the trade. He went 8-1 with the Tigers down the stretch.

``Yeah, I'm pitching with a different jersey on, but still approaching the game the same way,'' the 27-year-old old.

Unlike some players, and unlike Leyland, he doesn't hold to any superstitions.

``Really, I really don't have a routine. I go to the ballpark at a different time every day,'' Fister said. ``I don't have to go in and eat my bowl of Cheerios. I don't have to go in and run or whatever I do. It's just kind of a flow as I go and just kind of get a feel for the day.''

While the Yankees are trying to reach the AL championship for the third straight year, the Tigers want to get back for the first time since 2006, when they won the pennant but then lost in the World Series. Detroit has not lost consecutive games since Aug. 28-29.

``Our lineup, top to bottom, it's hard to beat us two games in a row,'' Brandon Inge said.

New York has not won the final game of a series pushed to the maximum since rallying past the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. Detroit hasn't since beating St. Louis in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series.

In a sharp gray suit and purple tie, Leyland was dressed for success.

``We got a big game with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. It's a great scenario. It's great for baseball,'' he said. ``I wish I could tell you what's going to happen, but I don't know.''

Girardi, dressed more casually in a black sports shirt, knows that failure to get out of the first round would be considered a failure.

``We all understand what the goal is here, and that's no secret,'' he said. ``This is why guys go to work in November and start conditioning and doing all the things, and they start hitting in December. We play to win a trophy.''

NOTES: Leyland said Don Kelly will start at 3B and Magglio Ordonez in RF. ... Girardi said closer Mariano Rivera will be available for more than an inning and that Sabathia could appear in relief.


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10/05/2011 06:55 PM

2011 Playoff Results

October 4, 2011

Playoff Results: 2010 - 2009 - 2008

Overall Playoff Results


Home teams are 6-4
Favorites are 6-4
The 'over' is 7-3
American League Divisional Series


New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers
Game Matchup Date/Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 New York (-160) vs. Detroit 9-3 FAVORITE OVER (9.0)
2 New York vs. Detroit (+130) 5-3 UNDERDOG UNDER (9.0)
3 New York vs. Detroit (-123) 5-4 FAVORITE OVER (7.0)
4 New York vs. Detroit Oct. 4
*5 New York vs. Detroit Oct. 6




Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Game Matchup Date/Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Texas vs. Tampa Bay (+160) 9-0 UNDERDOG OVER (8.5)
2 Texas (-118) vs. Tampa Bay 8-6 FAVORITE OVER (8.0)
3 Texas (+106) vs. Tampa Bay 4-3 UNDERDOG UNDER (8.0)
*4 Texas vs. Tampa Bay Oct. 4
*5 Texas vs. Tampa Bay Oct. 6



National League Divisional Series


Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Game Matchup Date/Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Philadelphia (-220) vs. St. Louis 11-6 FAVORITE OVER (7.0)
2 Philadelphia vs. St. Louis (+165) 5-4 UNDERDOG OVER (7.0)
3 Philadelphia vs. St. Louis Oct. 4
*4 Philadelphia vs. St. Louis Oct. 5
*5 Philadelphia vs. St. Louis Oct. 7




Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Game Matchup Date/Score Favorite-Underdog Over-Under
1 Milwaukee (-125) vs. Arizona 4-1 FAVORITE UNDER (7.5)
2 Milwaukee (-165) vs. Arizona 9-4 FAVORITE OVER (7.0)
3 Milwaukee vs. Arizona Oct. 4
*4 Milwaukee vs. Arizona Oct. 5
*5 Milwaukee vs. Arizona Oct. 7


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10/06/2011 06:06 PM

NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers ALDS Game 5 Preview

Robinson Cano leads the Bronx Bombers with 8 RBI in the series.
Doug Fister is probably in the last place he thought he'd be just a few short months ago. But then, Joe Girardi probably couldn't have imagined a few weeks ago having to turn to AJ Burnett in an elimination game during the playoffs.

Such are the strange twists and turns that baseball takes, especially during the postseason. Burnett delivered in ALDS Game 4 to help knot the series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees, and force a decisive fifth game Thursday. Fister gets the call for Jim Leyland's Tigers in the 8:00 p.m. (ET) start from Yankee Stadium in New York. Girardi will send Ivan Nova to the mound in a strange rematch of Game 1 relievers.

The Yankees opened in the 155-160 chalk range, but that price is down to -150 and even a penny or two lower now. The Don Best odds screen is showing nine for Thursday's total.

Burnett got a lot of kudos for his effort Tuesday evening in Game 4, working into the sixth and allowing Detroit's only run in a 10-1 Yankees rout. But he also got a lot of help from Curtis Granderson just to survive a very shaky first inning. Burnett walked three to fill the sacks, then watched as Granderson made the first of two big grabs off the bat of Tigers right-fielder Don Kelly.

Granderson got caught misplaying the ball, but made up for the gaffe with a leaping catch going back in center. The play turned the whole game around.

Another diving catch by Granderson going into left-center stopped a would-be Detroit rally in the sixth. New York's lineup exploded for six runs in the eighth off Tigers relievers to turn the contest into a laugher, all while Yanks relievers were posting 3 1/3-innings of hitless baseball with six strikeouts.

Fister (13-18, 3.01) and Nova (19-8, 3.66) picked things up in the completion of Game 1 this past Saturday after rain halted things early in the proceedings the night before. The two kept the game 1-1 until the Yankees lineup finally wore Fister down in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring six times against him over 4 2/3 innings.

Nova put in 6 1/3-innings of work that evening, allowing two Detroit runs and striking out five in the eventual 9-3 New York win. Robinson Cano's grand slam in the sixth delivered the knockout punch.

The slam came off Tigers reliever Al Albuquerque who was again ineffective when called upon in Game 4. Detroit's 'pen has been volatile the entire series, allowing 11 earned runs in 9 1/3 frames.

Yankees relievers have countered with a 1.74 ERA over 10 1/3 innings, striking out 13 along the way.

Who might enter in relief if either or both starters get into early trouble remains to be seen. Max Scherzer, who started Game 2 for the Tigers on Sunday, could be seen if Fister can't hack it. Could there be a Justin Verlander sighting as well? He burned through 120 pitches on Monday in Game 3, two days after 25 tosses at the start of Game 1. But given the performance of his bullpen so far, Leyland could be at least tempted to call on his ace one more time.

Girardi is definitely in better shape with his bullpen, and closer Mariano Rivera is a candidate to be called upon in the eighth if needed. Baseball's all-time saves leader has made just one appearance so far, that at the very end of the completion of Game 1 last Saturday. Boone Logan, Cory Wade, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano make for a nice long bridge for Girardi to get to Rivera.

Ted Barrett is in line for the plate if the normal rotation umpire is followed. Crew chief Gerry Davis, who worked Game 3, could opt to work the plate himself. An 18-year veteran in his 12th postseason series, Barrett was 17-13-2 to the 'over' during the regular season, and worked three Yankees games, including Nova's final start on Sept. 25 (NY lost, 'over'). He didn't call a Tigers game in 2011.

After a soggy weekend in New York for Games 1 and 2, it should be a beautiful night for baseball at Yankee Stadium for Game 5. Clear skies and a crisp 60ºF at first pitch with a light north breeze (3B to 1B) is expected.

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10/06/2011 06:09 PM

Preview: Tigers (95-67) at Yankees (97-65)

Game: 5

Venue: Yankee Stadium

Date: October 06, 2011 8:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - All the months of preparation, all the millions of dollars, all the hopes of the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers come down to this: Ivan Nova vs. Doug Fister for a berth in the AL championship series.

Just three months ago, one had been demoted to the minor leagues and the other was languishing with a 3-12 record for last-place Seattle.

``Obviously it's not something I foresaw going on,' Fister said Wednesday, about 15 hours after the Yankees stretched the first-round series to the limit with a 10-1 rout in Detroit.

On the first off-day of a series interrupted by rain in New York last weekend, there was a cloudless blue sky over Yankee Stadium. But both teams decided not to work out ahead of Thursday night's Game 5, which determines who will play defending AL champion Texas for a berth in the World Series.

``Tomorrow, I got the most important game in my life,' Nova said, later adding: ``I don't see the reason to feel pressure. It's another game. Of course, it's the most important game of the season now.'

Both teams originally planned to use their aces twice in the series, but those plans went down the drain when rain caused Friday's opener to be suspended after 1 1/2 innings and pushed back New York's CC Sabathia and Detroit's Justin Verlander to Game 3.

Just 24, he signed with the Yankees in 2004 and was still stuck in Class A four years later when the Yankees allowed him to be plucked away by San Diego in the winter-meeting draft. He didn't last long with the Padres, who returned him to New York near the end of spring training in 2009.

Nova started to move up the system that year, and by 2010 he made his big league debut. Following the retirement of Andy Pettitte last winter, Nova earned the No. 4 slot in the rotation during spring training behind Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, and by the end of the regular season moved up to second because of Burnett's inconsistency and Hughes' injuries. But when Hughes came off the disabled list on July 3, the Yankees sent Nova to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

They brought him back 27 days later.

``Go down and work on a few things and make it so that we can never send you down again,' Yankees manager Joe Girardi recalled telling Nova. ``A lot of times you'll hear through the grapevine a guy complaining through friends or other people. I never heard him complain. He just went about his business. You know what? He's made it so we can't send him down.'

Developing a slider and mixing his pitches better, Nova led major league rookies in wins with a 16-4 record and 3.70 ERA. In his postseason debut, he took over from Sabathia in the completion of Game 1 and pitched shutout ball until the ninth inning of the Yankees' 9-3 win.

``I think we really got out of the strike zone a little more in this series than I had hoped we would,' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ``Hopefully, now that we've seen him, we'll have a little better idea the second time around. I think that usually holds true.'

Fister gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings after replacing Verlander in the opener. Acquired along with reliever David Pauley from Seattle for four players on July 30, he had the poorest run support of any AL pitcher at 1.97 runs per game at the time of the trade. He went 8-1 with the Tigers down the stretch.

``Yeah, I'm pitching with a different jersey on, but still approaching the game the same way,' the 27-year-old old.

Unlike some players, and unlike Leyland, he doesn't hold to any superstitions.

``Really, I really don't have a routine. I go to the ballpark at a different time every day,' Fister said. ``I don't have to go in and eat my bowl of Cheerios. I don't have to go in and run or whatever I do. It's just kind of a flow as I go and just kind of get a feel for the day.'

While the Yankees are trying to reach the AL championship for the third straight year, the Tigers want to get back for the first time since 2006, when they won the pennant but then lost in the World Series. Detroit has not lost consecutive games since Aug. 28-29.

``Our lineup, top to bottom, it's hard to beat us two games in a row,' Brandon Inge said.

New York has not won the final game of a series pushed to the maximum since rallying past the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. Detroit hasn't since beating St. Louis in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series.

In a sharp gray suit and purple tie, Leyland was dressed for success.

``We got a big game with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. It's a great scenario. It's great for baseball,' he said. ``I wish I could tell you what's going to happen, but I don't know.'

Girardi, dressed more casually in a black sports shirt, knows that failure to get out of the first round would be considered a failure.

``We all understand what the goal is here, and that's no secret,' he said. ``This is why guys go to work in November and start conditioning and doing all the things, and they start hitting in December. We play to win a trophy.'

NOTES: Leyland said Don Kelly will start at 3B and Magglio Ordonez in RF. ... Girardi said closer Mariano Rivera will be available for more than an inning and that Sabathia could appear in relief.



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10/06/2011 06:11 PM

Tigers-Yankees play decisive Game 5 Thursday

DETROIT TIGERS

NEW YORK YANKEES


ALDS Game 5 - Series tied 2-2
First pitch: Thursday, 8:35 p.m. EDT
Line: New York -160, Detroit +150, Total: 9

The Yankees will host the Tigers on Thursday night for a chance to play in the American League Championship Series. New York put a hurting on Detroit in Game 4, beating the Tigers 10-1 and forcing this decisive Game 5.

Starting for the Tigers will be the lanky right-hander Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83 ERA). Fister started the resumed Game 1 on Saturday and was shelled for six runs and seven hits in just 4.2 innings. Opposing Fister will be the youngster Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA) who also started the resumed game on Saturday and pitched very well, allowing two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings of the 9-3 victory. The Yanks have been terrific as a home favorite of -150 to -175 in which they are 22-5, and are also 8-1 in the past nine home games with Nova starting on the mound. The Tigers are 4-16 on the road after an off-day since the start of 2010. With those trends leaning towards the Yankees, Nova and NEW YORK will win Game 5 in front of a huge and rowdy home crowd.

These two highly-rated FoxSheets trends also lean towards the Yankees.

Play Against- All underdogs with a money line of +150 or more (DETROIT) - average hitting team (AVG = .265 to .279) against a good starting pitcher (ERA <=4.20) -AL, with an on base percentage of .350 or better over their last 20 games. (53-7 over the last 5 seasons.) (88.3%, +40.5 units. Rating = 4*).

Play On- Home favorites with a money line of -110 or higher (NY YANKEES) - cold hitting team - batting .240 or worse over their last 10 games against opponent starting a pitcher who gave up <=1 earned runs in his last 2 outings. (86-32 over the last 5 seasons.) (72.9%, +43.8 units. Rating = 3*).

The Tigers as a team have been terrific bouncing back after losses recently. They have not dropped back-to-back games since August 28-29. Detroit is looking to get back to the ALCS for the fist time since 2006 when they advanced but eventually lost in the World Series. Despite his 11-13 overall record, Fister was phenomenal after his midseason trade to Detroit, going 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA, 57 K and just five walks in 70.1 innings in a Tigers uniform. He also pitched a quality outing in his only start versus New York this year, allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings of work in his final game with Seattle.

Nova has been a pleasant surprise for Yankee fans all year and now will get the ball in the biggest game of the year. Prior to Saturday’s appearance, Nova had only thrown two relief innings against Detroit in his career, but didn’t look scared in Game 1 when he pitched a gem in the 9-3 victory. The 24-year-old from the Dominican led all rookies with 16 wins and has not been beaten in his last 17 outings, going 13-0 with a 3.22 ERA over that span. Available for relief will be the Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who could be used in the later innings of a tight game. Sabathia threw 106 pitches in Monday’s Game 3 loss.

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10/06/2011 06:15 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record
10/05/11 3-­1-­0 75.00% +­1005 Detail
10/04/11 3-­3-­1 50.00% -­35 Detail
10/03/11 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
10/02/11 5-­1-­0 83.33% +­2505 Detail
10/01/11 3-­1-­0 75.00% +­1000 Detail
Totals 16-­6-­1 72.73% +5475

Thursday, October 6

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Detroit - 8:00 PM ET Detroit +153 500

NY Yankees - Over 9 500

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10/06/2011 06:41 PM

Armadillo: Thursday's six-pack

-- Buccaneers are 9-0-2 vs spread in their last eleven road games.

-- Oakland is 12-4 vs spread in game following their last 16 losses.

-- New England covered 11 of last 16 games as home favorites.

-- Tennessee is 2-8 vs spread in game coming off a win.

-- Broncos are 4-11 vs spread in their last 15 home games.

-- Lions are 8-1 vs spread in their last nine home games.


******************


Armadillo: Thursday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud........

13) Bronx Bombers already have $126M on their payroll for 2013, and that’s with only eight players signed. Pirates have $0 committed for 2013, but Bud Selig will tell you the sport is healthier than it ever has been.

12) Rays had 4,529 empty seats for Tuesday afternoon’s Game 4; have to think that pretty soon, either they get a new stadium or they’re going to be moving. Going to be especially bitter for them next year, when the Marlins open their new stadium on the other side of the state.

11) With Chad Henne likely out for the season, why hasn’t Miami signed David Garrard? Why hasn't someone signed him?

10) Every time I read that Adam Kennedy once hit three home runs in a playoff game, I laugh; he has 78 career HR’s in 5,853 plate appearances. He’s also earned over $19M in his career. Damn.

9) If AJ Burnett got a daily paycheck this season it would’ve been for $90,164. Every day. For 182 days.

8) In 2007, over 330,000 Buicks were sold in China.

7) Alabama won its last eight football games against Vanderbilt, but they’re only 1-4-1 vs pointspread in the last six.

6) Rice is a 21-point favorite this week. In football. Against a I-A team. That’s how bad Memphis State has gotten. You could make a case for firing the Memphis coach just for letting his program slide so badly that they’re getting 21 points from Rice.

5) This is third year in a row that neither team is ranked when Georgia-Tennessee square off; before that, in eight of the previous 11 matchups, both teams had been ranked and at least one of them had been ranked in all 11. Special game for Vols’ coach Dooley, since his dad Vince is the best football coach in Georgia history.

4) Not sure who the Rangers are rooting for tonight; they were 2-7 against Bronx this season, 3-6 against the Tigers. Would guess they’re rooting a nice, long extra-inning game tonight, for sure.

3) Starting July 1, Miami Heat staffers took a 10% pay cut; that cut rose to 25% on October 1 and if the lockout is still going on April 1, they’ll be down to a 50% pay cut. Lot of these people aren’t wealthy and need the money.

2) TV ratings for Monday night’s football game, the Manning-Colts against Tampa Bay, got better TV ratings than both of Monday’s baseball playoff games combined.

1) Jets’ offense was on field for 56 plays Sunday, and was outscored 21-3 by the Baltimore defense- that doesn’t happen too often.

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10/06/2011 06:42 PM

MLB
Long Sheet


Thursday, October 6

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DETROIT (97 - 69) at NY YANKEES (99 - 67) - 8:35 PM
DOUG FISTER (R) vs. IVAN NOVA (R)
Top Trends for this game.
DETROIT is 4-16 (-13.1 Units) against the money line in road games when playing with a day off over the last 2 seasons.
FISTER is 20-35 (-14.2 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
FISTER is 13-27 (-13.2 Units) against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
FISTER is 13-28 (-13.8 Units) against the money line after a loss over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
NY YANKEES are 99-67 (+8.7 Units) against the money line in all games this season.
NY YANKEES are 22-5 (+13.7 Units) against the money line as a home favorite of -150 to -175 this season.
NY YANKEES are 92-56 (+14.2 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field this season.
DETROIT is 98-70 (+18.3 Units) against the money line in all games this season.
DETROIT is 47-37 (+12.1 Units) against the money line in road games this season.
DETROIT is 92-68 (+12.9 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field this season.
DETROIT is 66-48 (+12.5 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters this season.
DETROIT is 42-27 (+11.2 Units) against the money line after a loss this season.
DETROIT is 44-31 (+11.7 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
DETROIT is 22-11 (+11.4 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
NY YANKEES are 30-34 (-17.0 Units) against the money line when playing with a day off over the last 3 seasons.
NY YANKEES are 55-54 (-17.6 Units) against the money line in night games this season.


Head-to-Head Series History
DETROIT is 6-5 (+2.0 Units) against NY YANKEES this season
6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL this season . (Over=+2.8 Units)

DOUG FISTER vs. NY YANKEES since 1997
FISTER is 1-2 when starting against NY YANKEES with an ERA of 6.00 and a WHIP of 1.500.
His team's record is 1-2 (-0.4 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 1-2. (-1.3 units)

IVAN NOVA vs. DETROIT since 1997
No recent starts.

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