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October 8 2006

And that's why they play the games. 

The Detoit Tigers eliminated the Yankees from the post-season with an 8-3 win yesterday.  The Tigers got their second straight dominating performance from a starting pitcher, Jeremy Bonderman allowed just five hits over 8 1/3 innings after Kenny Rogers threw 7 2/3 shutout innings on Friday.  Detroit will face the A's in the ALCS, which starts Tuesday in Oakland.

Bobby Abreu was 5-for-15 with a double and four-RBI for New York in the series.  Jaret Wright and not Cory Lidle got the start for the Yankees today in game four, but Lidle came on when Wright couldn't get out of the third.  Lidle went 1 1/3 innings and was charged with three runs on four hits.  Fasano did not get an at-bat in the series.

Joe Torre is going to get hammered for the job he did against the Tigers.  Yesterday he had A-Rod hitting eighth, Melky Cabrera in left, Giambi on the bench and Sheffield at first.  Sheffield was awful at first.  Cabrera was 0-for-3 yesterday.  Rodriguez 0-for-3 yesterday and 1-for-14 with a single in the series.  Cashman may take some heat as well -- it's nuts that the Yanks spent about $200 million and had to send Jaret Wright to the mound in such an important game.

The Padres beat the Cardinals 3-1 to force game four tonight with St. Louis leading the series two games to one.  Chris Young struck out nine in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and two walks.  Russell Branyan's two-run double in the fourth was the big blow of the game.  The Cardinals had just five hits and made two errors.  The teams have combined to score 12 runs in the three games of the series so far.

The winner of the series between St. Louis and San Diego will face the Mets, who ousted the Dodgers with a 9-5 win last night.  Steve Trachsel didn't get out of the fourth inning, but the Mets scored four runs off of Greg Maddux to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the third.  The Dodgers would take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth, but RBI singles from Reyes, Lo Duca and Beltran in the top of the sixth put the Mets up to stay.  Cliff Floyd left the game for the Mets with a problem with his achilles.  Former Philly Endy Chavez took over for him in left and was 3-for-8 in the series in his first playoff action.

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