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October 23 2006

Old pitchers have become the story of the day as Kenny Rogers throws another post-season gem and the Phillies sign Jamie Moyer to a two-year extension.

Apparently you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em and know when to create a little controversy.  Kenny Rogers, who will be 42 in less than a month, was dominating again last night, holding the Cardinals to two hits in eight shutout innings and extending his streak of scoreless innings in the post-season to 23.  The game will be remembered for the unknown substance that Rogers wiped off his pitching hand after Tony La Russa complained after the first inning that the ball was moving funny.  Whatever the substance was, it proved not to be the secret to Rogers' success as he allowed just one hit over the next seven innings. 

The Tigers beat the Cardinals 3-1 in Game 2 of the World Series last night, tying the series at a game apiece.  Game 3 will be played tomorrow night in St Louis.

Jeff Weaver started for the Cardinals and went just five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk.

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Weaver in the bottom of the first inning.  Craig Monroe hit a solo homer and Carlos Guillen scored Magglio Ordonez with an RBI-double.  Designated hitter Sean Casey knocked in Guillen with a single in the fifth to extend the lead to 3-0.  Jim Edmonds doubled in the Redbirds only run with two down in the top of the ninth to make it a 3-1 game.  St Louis would load the bases for Yadier Molina but Molina hit into a force out to end the game.

Monroe has now homered in both of the games and is 3-for-7 with two RBI in the series.  Carlos Guillen is 5-for-7 with two RBI.  Sean Casey 1-for-6 with a single and the other RBI for Detroit.  Granderson, Rodriguez and Polanco have combined to go 0-for-24.  Marcus Thames, who hit 26 home runs in 348 at-bats for the Tigers during the regular season, has just one at-bat in the first two games as the Tigers DH Casey, play shortstop Carlos Guillen at first and Ramon Santiago at short.  Santiago hit .225 in 80 at-bats for the Tigers this season and has a career line of 227/292/299.

Eckstein, Spiezio and Pujols combined to go 0-for-10 at the top of the Cardinals order last night.  Eckstein is 0-for-9 in the series and Encarnacion 0-for-7.  Belliard and Miles have combined to go 0-for-7 at second base.  Rolen is 4-for-8 with double and a home run, Edmonds 3-for-7 with a double and two-RBI.  Pujols is just 1-for-6 but has a home run and two runs batted in.

Each team has now gotten one good start and one not so good.  The St Louis pen has thrown four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk.  Todd Jones made a mess last night, but he got out of it.  In five innings the Detroit pen has allowed one run, which was unearned, on four hits and no walks.

Chris Carpenter will face Nate Robertson tomorrow night in St Louis in Game 3.  The Cardinals had not planned to use Game 1 starter Anthony Reyes again, opting instead to go with Weaver, Carpenter and Suppan all in short rest.  That plan is being rethunk after the excellent outing by Reyes in Game 1.

The Phillies have signed Jamie Moyer to a two-year extension worth $10.5 million.  It means the Phillies rotation for next season is likely to include Jon Lieber, Brett Myers, Cole Hamels and Moyer.  Moyer will turn 44 next month and was 5-2 with a 4.03 ERA in eight starts with the Phillies last year after going 6-12 with a 4.39 ERA in 25 starts for the Mariners. 

Moyer allowed 33 home runs on the year, which was the third-most in all of baseball.  He threw 211 1/3 innings on the year between Philadelphia and Seattle -- Brett Myers led the Phils with 198 innings pitched.  Moyer's 11 wins would have been tied with Ryan Madson for second on the Phillies, only Myers, who won 12 games, won more.

Big Cacti were idle last night in the AFL.

Chris Roberson was 0-for-4 with a walk on Saturday for Naranjeros de Hermosillo in Liga Mecicana del Pacifico to drop his average to .159 on the year.  Roberson is 27 and hit .195 in 41 at-bats with the Phillies this season and 292/349/366 at Triple-A.  At Triple-A he had just 17 extra-base hits in 284 at-bats, 14 of which were doubles.

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