Birds, Cards fly high...Talking to Terry...Healthy Steelers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joe Saunders pitched into the sixth inning and Nate McLouth drove in two runs as the Baltimore Orioles beat Texas 5-1 to end the Rangers' two-year reign as American League champions. Saunders combined with three relievers on a nine-hitter to help the Birds earn the right to face the New York Yankees in the ALDS.
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Holliday hit a solo homer and the St. Louis Cardinals scored four unearned runs on three errors to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 in the NL wild-card game. The game was delayed 19 minutes in the bottom of the eighth after left-field umpire Sam Holbrook called for the infield fly rule on a dropped popup with one out and runners on second and third. Fans threw garbage on the field, and the Braves eventually loaded the bases with two out before Michael Bourn struck out to end the threat.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona was in Cleveland interviewing for the vacancy on the Indians' bench. Francona led Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 but was fired after last season following the team's September collapse.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Steelers will be at full strength on Sunday for the first time this season. Running back Rashard Mendenhall, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu (poh-lah-MAH'-loo) practiced all week and all are listed as probable to face the Philadelphia Eagles. Mendenhall and Harrison will make their season debuts, and Polamalu will play for the first time since a season-opening loss in Denver.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos will be without linebacker D.J. Williams until mid-November after the NFL added three games to his suspension today. Williams was punished for violating the league's policy and program for substances of abuse following his conviction in August of driving while ability impaired. He already was serving a six-game suspension to start the season for violating the league's banned-substances policy after the NFL said he supplied a "non-human" urine sample during an offseason drug test.