2012 MLB Division Series, Day 2: All 4 Series In Action Sunday

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The NFL plays Sunday. But you, the baseball fan, are being treated to four playoff games in a row, more than 12 hours of our game. For this writer, that's a lot more enjoyable.

DETROIT -- I'm heading back to Chicago this morning after seeing Justin Verlander do what Justin Verlander does -- dominate. That puts the Tigers in a really good position to win this series, despite being the lower seed; if it does happen to go the distance, Verlander can throw again on normal rest Thursday. If Doug Fister throws well enough this afternoon in Detroit -- and that's a pretty quick turnaround for both teams -- that puts the A's in a tough spot. (At least the umpires stayed out of controversy in both of Saturday's games.)

This afternoon and evening will provide more than 12 hours of baseball. I know, I know, most of you will be watching the NFL Sunday afternoon, particularly when the Bears game starts at 3 p.m. CT, but I'll (mostly) stick to baseball. Even though the Cubs are far from any sort of contention for one of these series, this is what the season is played for -- a chance to win the World Series.

One thing I am not looking forward to is having to listen to the ancient Dick Stockton again. What names will he mess up in the Nats/Cards series? Will we hear about "Bruce" Harper? Or "Yoda" Molina? The announcing in general so far has been pedestrian and dull; you'd think TBS could do better. The fact that Bob Brenly will share the booth with Stockton will make listening to that series more tolerable.

MLB.com Gameday for Athletics/Tigers. Game time: 11 a.m. CDT. TV: MLB Network. Announcers: Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Tom Milone 13-10 31 31 1 0 0 0 190.0 207 90 79 24 36 137 3.74 1.28


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Doug Fister 10-10 26 26 2 1 0 0 161.2 156 73 62 15 37 137 3.45 1.19

MLB.com Gameday for Nationals/Cardinals. Game time: 2 p.m. CDT. TV: TBS. Announcers: Dick Stockton, Bob Brenly and David Aldridge.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Gio Gonzalez 21-8 32 32 2 1 0 0 199.1 149 69 64 9 76 207 2.89 1.13


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Adam Wainwright 14-13 33 32 3 2 0 0 198.2 196 96 87 15 52 184 3.94 1.25

MLB.com Gameday for Yankees/Orioles. Game time: 5 p.m. CDT. TV: TBS. CDT Announcers: Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz, Cal Ripken Jr. and Craig Sager.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - CC Sabathia 15-6 28 28 2 0 0 0 200.0 184 89 75 22 44 197 3.38 1.14


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Jason Hammel 8-6 20 20 1 1 0 0 118.0 104 48 45 9 42 113 3.43 1.24

MLB.com Gameday for Reds/Giants. Game time: 8:30 p.m. CDT. TV: TBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Joe Simpson and Tom Verducci. (Do these games really need four announcers?)


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Bronson Arroyo 12-10 32 32 1 1 0 0 202.0 209 86 84 26 35 129 3.74 1.21


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Madison Bumgarner 16-11 32 32 2 1 0 0 208.1 183 87 78 23 49 191 3.37 1.11

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

This will be the only thread for today's games; if it gets too slow, post another one in the fanshot area. Discuss amongst yourselves.

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