>>Cards Clip Crew To Take 2-1 NLCS Lead
(St. Louis, MO) -- The Cardinals scored four runs in the first inning en route to a 4-3 win over the Brewers in Game Three of the NLCS. Albert Pujols, Jon Jay and David Freese had RBI doubles in the first for St. Louis, which has won two straight to take a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series. Chris Carpenter tossed five innings of three-run ball to get the win. Jason Motte got the final four outs to earn the save.
Mark Kotsay smacked a solo homer for Milwaukee, which left nine men on base. Yovani Gallardo went five innings, allowing all four runs and eight hits while walking five and striking out two, to take the loss.
The Cards will clash with the Crew in Game Four of the NLCS this evening. Kyle Lohse is slated to get the start on the mound for St. Louis. Milwaukee will counter with Randy Wolf. First-pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
>>Rangers Cruz Over Tigers In 11th Of ALCS Game Four
(Detroit, MI) -- Nelson Cruz hit his second 11th inning home run of the American League Championship Series, this time a three-run shot in Game Four, as the Rangers rolled to a 7-3 win over the Tigers on Wednesday night. Cruz had the first-ever postseason walk-off grand slam to give the Rangers the win in Game Two. Mike Napoli sparked the four-run 11th inning with an RBI double, while Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus all plated a run for Texas, which took a commanding three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven set. Scott Feldman tossed a scoreless inning of relief to register the win. Miguel Cabrera had a two-run double in the third and Brandon Inge's solo homer in the seventh sent the game into extras for Detroit. Jose Valverde was tagged with the loss. C.J. Wilson will toe the rubber opposite Justin Verlander in this afternoon's Game Five at Comerica Park. If neccesary, the series will shift back to Arlington for Game Six on Saturday evening.
>>Report: Epstein, Cubs Agree To Deal
(Boston, MA) -- Theo Epstein has reportedly reached an agreement to join the Chicago Cubs front office. Epstein's contract as Red Sox general manager and executive vice president runs through 2012, but WEEI radio in Boston reported Wednesday that a five-year deal worth $15-million had been reached. The report said the sides hadn't decided what title Epstein will have. ESPN also reported that Epstein and the Cubs agreed to a five-year deal. In 2002, Epstein became the youngest GM in major league history when he took over the Red Sox at age 28. He helped the BoSox snap an 86-year championship drought in 2004 and the organization tacked on another title in 2007.
The Cubs have not won a World Series title since 1908. They went 71-and-91 this past season, missing out on the postseason for the third straight year. General manager Jim Hendry was fired in mid-August, and Randy Bush was promoted from assistant to interim GM.