WHO'S HOT AND WHO'S NOT
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MLB: Texas has won 28 of its last 39 home games.
MLB: Detroit has won 12 of its last 16 road games.
NCAAF: Utah State is 14-5-1 against the spread in its last 20 games as an underdog.
MLB: Tampa Bay is 2-6 in its last eight playoff games.
MLB: The New York Yankees have lost four in a row.
NCAAF: BYU is 5-15-1 against the spread in its last 21 games against WAC opponents.
1978 – The Utah State Aggies haven’t won at LaVell Edwards Stadium since 1978, a span of 15 consecutive games. The Aggies are 7.5-point road underdogs against BYU on Friday.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers - Martinez won't let a bruised toe keep him out of Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series against the New York Yankees on Friday. Martinez fouled a ball off his big right toe in Wednesday's season finale against the Cleveland Indians. The injury occurred in the first inning, and he was eventually lifted in the seventh. The team's medical staff had to drill into the nail of his big toe to drain it. Martinez hit .330 this season with 12 home runs and 103 RBIs in 540 at-bats.
Game of the day
Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees (-135, 7)
"This team never quits. We didn't quit when we were 0-6 at the start of the season, we didn't quit in September, we didn't quit when we were seven runs down in the last game of the season and Boston was winning. It looks like this team has what it takes." – Tampa Bay lefty David Price after his club bailed him out of Wednesday’s comeback win over the Yankees. Price allowed five earned runs and two homers over four innings before the Rays fought back to clinch a postseason berth with an 8-7 win in extras.
Notes and tips
The Tampa Bay Rays announced Thursday that rookie left-hander Matt Moore will start Game 1 of the American League division series against the Texas Rangers. The 22-year-old Moore will be making his second career start on Friday. He has pitched just 9 1/3 innings this season in the majors since being called up from the minors. In his first career start, Moore struck out 11 batters in five scoreless innings against the New York Yankees. Tampa Bay completed a remarkable comeback Wednesday to win the wild card, beating the Yankees on Evan Longoria’s home run in 12th inning. The Rays are +165 underdogs in Game 1.
Just three games into his Minnesota Vikings tenure, Donovan McNabb is already butting heads with the coaching staff. A report out of Minnesota suggests coaches have approached McNabb about correcting some mechanical issues related to his throwing arm. McNabb replied by saying there's nothing to fix, and that "some throws, you just miss." McNabb has completed just 58 per cent of his passes through the opening three games of the season, throwing for 478 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Vikings (0-3) face Kansas City on Sunday.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez and catcher Jesus Montero are expected to be fine in time for the start of the American League Divisional Series between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. Rodriguez was given Wednesday's regular-season finale off to rest his surgically repaired right knee, which felt sore. Rodriguez said he simply didn't want to risk further injury playing on Tampa Bay's turf surface. The 36-year-old appeared in just 99 games this season due to injuries. He batted .276 with 16 homers and 62 RBIs in 373 at-bats. Montero took a foul ball off his fingers in Wednesday's loss to the Rays. X-rays came back negative and he's expected to assume the role of backup catcher against the Tigers. Montero, 21, had a sensational stint in his first taste of major-league action, hitting .351 with four homers and 12 RBIs in just 57 at-bats. The Yankees are set as -130 favorites for Game 1.