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American League Division Series Capsules (Saturday, October 1st)

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On 10/02/2011 09:07 AM in MLB
Final Score: Texas 8, Tampa Bay 6

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli's two-run base hit highlighted a five-run fourth inning, and the Texas Rangers capitalized on some pitching mistakes from James Shields to earn an 8-6 victory to even their American League Division Series after two games. The AL West champions were able to bounce back from a 9-0 defeat on Friday, thanks in part to three hit batsmen, including a pair in the pivotal fourth. Shields uncorked a wild pitch during a strikeout that plated the go-ahead run. Ian Kinsler had a two-run double in the sixth and Mitch Moreland knocked in two, including an insurance solo homer in the eighth. Derek Holland (1-0) was charged with six hits and three runs -- one earned -- over five innings. Shields (0-1) had six strikeouts over five- plus innings, but gave up eight hits and seven runs. Game 3 of the best-of- five series is Monday at 5:07 p.m. (et) at Tropicana Field.

Final Score: New York 9, Detroit 3

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - The rain stayed away from Yankee Stadium on Saturday night, and Robinson Cano shined with a grand slam and six RBI in New York's 9-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of their American League Division Series. The first game of this best-of-five series got started on Friday night, with aces CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander on the mound for their respective clubs. A Delmon Young homer and Alex Rodriguez RBI groundout in the first inning had the game tied at 1-1. But a steady rain forced the tarp to come on the field before the bottom of the second started. After waiting for over an hour, MLB decided to suspend play until Saturday. Rookie Ivan Nova was magnificent on the mound for the Yankees, who are back in the postseason for the 16th time in the last 17 years after winning their 12th American League East title over that span. Game 2 of this series will now take place on Sunday at 3:07 p.m. (et). New York's Freddy Garcia will go against the Tigers' Max Scherzer.

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