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>>Phillies Clip Cards In Game Three Of NLDS

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Ben Francisco's pinch-hit, three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the difference as the Phillies took command of their National League Division Series with a 3-2 win over the Cardinals in Game Three on Tuesday evening.  David Freese and Yadier Molina each knocked in a run for St. Louis, which is down 2-1 in the series.  Jaime Garcia allowed six hits and gave up the big home run through seven innings of duty to absorb the loss.  The Cards outhit the Phils, 12-7, in defeat.  The series stays at Busch Stadium for Game Four tonight.  Edwin Jackson is slated to oppose Roy Oswalt.

>>Rangers Finish Off Rays To Advance To ALCS

(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  The Texas Rangers are headed back to the American League Championship Series.  The Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in Game Four of their AL Division Series on Tuesday afternoon at The Trop to win the matchup three-games-to-one.  Adrian Beltre hit three solo homers and Ian Kinsler also went deep for the defending American League champs.  Matt Harrison struck out nine over five innings of two-run ball for the series-clinching win.  Neftali Feliz gave up a run in the ninth, but held on for his third save.  Texas will play either Detroit or New York in the ALCS.  The Yanks beat the Tigers on Tuesday night to extend the series to a decisive Game Five to be played tomorrow night in New York.

>>D'Backs Clobber Crew To Avoid Sweep In NLDS

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Paul Goldschmidt's grand slam sparked a five-run fifth frame as the Diamondbacks cruised to an 8-1 win over the Brewers to avoid getting swept in Game Three of the National League Division Series.  Miguel Montero plated a pair and Ryan Roberts also knocked in a run for Arizona, which still trails two-games-to-one in the best-of-five set.  Corey Hart's solo home run in the third inning accounted for Milwaukee's lone run of the game.  Shaun Marcum was tagged for seven runs through four-and-two-third frames of duty to absorb the loss.  The series stays at Chase Field for Game Four.  Randy Wolf tries to get the Brewers to the NLCS tonight against Arizona's Joe Saunders.


New York Yankees 10, Detroit Tigers 1
  (Best-of-five ALDS tied, 2-2)

>>Report: Cubs Ask To Talk With BoSox' Epstein

(Undated)  --  The Chicago Cubs have made their first move in trying to replace former general manager Jim Hendry.  The Northsiders asked the Boston Red Sox for permission to talk with their general manager Theo Epstein on Tuesday, according to the "Boston Globe."  The report says meetings to discuss the Cubs' request took place at Fenway Park yesterday.  Epstein is still under contract with the Red Sox, which means the club can refuse the request, or allow it with the condition they receive some sort of compensation in return.  Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts fired Hendry during this past season.

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