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A's extend ALDS and more sports from last night

A roundup of the stories you missed while you were sleeping. (Oct. 10, 2012)


  1. Brett Anderson, relievers lift Athletics past Tigers

  2. In his first start in nearly a month, Brett Anderson scattered two hits over six shutout innings, as the Athletics beat the Tigers 2-0 to extend the American League Division Series to Game 4.
  3. The southpaw's last start had come on Sept. 19, against the Tigers. Anderson allowed three runs in just 2 1/3 innings, and strained his oblique muscle in the process.
  4. Making a living via the groundball out, this time, Anderson was nearly unhittable.
  5. Crisp's "robbery" came on a second-inning Prince Fielder fly ball that looked like it was a home run.
  6. The catch evoked memories of Mets outfielder Endy Chavez's catch against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.
  7. Yoenis Cespedes (first-inning RBI single) and Seth Smith (fifth-inning homer) provided the offensive spark for Oakland.
  8. The two teams take the field for Game 4 tonight at 9:37 p.m. EST. Max Scherzer takes the hill for the Tigers against A's starter A.J. Griffin.
  9. The game is part of a quadruple-header of playoff baseball:The Cardinals play the Nationals at 1:07 p.m.After extending their series to four games with a 2-1 win, San Francisco takes on Cincinnati at 4:07 p.m.The Orioles and Yankees play at 7:37 p.m.
  10. Donovan to join Altidore on sidelines for U.S. qualifiers

  11. First, news broke that U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann left striker Jozy Altidore of the team's roster for two key World Cup qualifier games. Now, Brek Shea has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Antigua and Barbados, and Landon Donovan won't play in either of the two upcoming matches.
  12. Donovan has an injured left knee, and Shea has an abdominal injury. (Altidore had been left off the roster because Klinsmann hadn't been happy with the 22-year-old's performance with the team.)
  13. Team USA takes on Antigua and Barbados on Friday, and Guatemala on Oct. 16. They need at least a win and a tie to earn one of two qualifying spots.
  14. The Zen Master chimes in on the LeBron-MJ debate