Reds and Tigers looking to complete sweeps
UNDATED (AP) — The Reds and Giants are first up on today's two-game postseason baseball schedule (5:37 p.m. Eastern). Cincinnati goes for a sweep on its home field after winning the opening two games of the best-of-five NL Division Series in San Francisco.
The NL Central champions hand the ball to Homer Bailey. The Reds are hoping the 26-year-old right-hander can pitch them to their first home playoff victory in 17 years just a couple of weeks after he tossed the 15th no-hitter in franchise history.
The NL West champion Giants are relying on right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to help them extend their season.
After capturing the first two games of their ALDS at home, Detroit will be looking to complete a sweep of the Athletics tonight in Oakland (9:07 p.m. Eastern). The Tigers send midseason acquisition Anibal Sanchez to the mound to face left-hander Brett Anderson.
The two other division series resume tomorrow. Baltimore and New York are tied at a game apiece following the Orioles' 3-2 victory last night. And the Cardinals and Nationals are dead even after the Cards' 12-4 win yesterday in Game 2.
Reds unsure about Cueto
UNDATED (AP) — Johnny Cueto's (KWAY'-tohz) bad back has the Reds unsure who will start Game 4 on Wednesday, if their playoff series against the San Francisco Giants goes that far.
Cincinnati's 19-game winner left in the first inning of Saturday's NLDS opener due to back spasms.
The Reds could replace him on the division series roster with right-hander Mike Leake, who was left off. That would leave Cueto unavailable to pitch during the league championship series if Cincinnati makes it that far.
Meanwhile, Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime (HY'-may) Garcia has been removed from the team's playoff roster due to a strained rotator cuff and inflammation in his throwing shoulder.
Garcia pitched only two innings in the Cardinals' 12-4 victory Monday in St. Louis before leaving with a shoulder problem.
Garcia also missed two months this season with shoulder fatigue before returning in mid-August.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny says the left-hander will be replaced on the NL division series roster by rookie right-hander Shelby Miller.
Miller appeared in six games this season, pitching 13 2-3 innings with a 1.32 ERA.
Collateral damage in Colorado
DENVER (AP) — The contracts of Colorado Rockies hitting instructor Carney Lansford and third-base coach Rich Dauer aren't being renewed in the wake of manager Jim Tracy's unexpected resignation over the weekend.
Lansford served two seasons under Tracy and the Rockies' .274 batting average this season was tops in the National League. But Colorado hit just .241 on the road as they finished a franchise-worst 64-98.
Dauer spent four years as the Rockies' bench coach and seven seasons in the organization overall. He also served as Colorado's infield coach and coordinator of all defensive positions.
Sandusky unlikely to outlive sentence
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to football coach Joe Paterno's downfall.
The sentence means the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach will be in prison at least until he's nearly 100 years old.
Judge John Cleland issued the sentence three months after a jury convicted Sandusky on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Sandusky says he is not a monster and he didn't do the "alleged disgusting acts." He plans to appeal.
Sanchez gets vote of confidence
NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Rex Ryan says there is "no question" that Mark Sanchez is the New York Jets' starting quarterback despite struggling at times during Monday's 23-17 loss to undefeated Houston.
Sanchez has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in four straight games and many fans and media have suggested that backup Tim Tebow should take over as the starter.
Ryan thought Sanchez "played pretty good" against the Texans. He says three dropped passes and four tips skewed Sanchez's final stats.
— The Cardinals have put running back Ryan Williams on season-ending injured reserve with a left shoulder injury. It's another blow to an already struggling ground game. Arizona is already without Beanie Wells until at least Thanksgiving weekend because of a severe turf toe injury. The Cardinals rank 31st out of 32 NFL teams in yards rushing per game at 63.4.
GOLF-WORLD GOLF FINALS
Nos. 1 and 2 stumble
BELEK, Turkey (AP) — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy and No. 2 Tiger Woods lost their opening matches at the eight-player World Golf Finals in Turkey.
McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) by six strokes and Woods fell to Charl Schwartzel (SHAR'-uhl SHWORTS'-uhl) by one shot in the $5.2 million event.
In the other group of the medal match-play format, Lee Westwood beat Webb Simpson by one shot and Justin Rose defeated Hunter Mahan by four strokes.
Woods and McIlroy play each other Wednesday in the last of their three group matches, but both could already be eliminated by then. The top two in each group advance to the semifinals.
The winner collects a $1.5 million pay check.