We finally got a close, competitive game in this year's playoffs -- only took four days and nearly till midnight Chicago time. The Tigers held on to their three-run, first-inning lead and beat the A's 3-2 to take a 1-0 lead in their series.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox blew out the Rays at Fenway Park and lead that series 1-0. The National League series take the day off for travel and will resume Sunday.
The Tampa Bay/Boston game begins at 4:30 p.m. CT; the Detroit/Oakland game begins at 8 p.m. CT.
Here are the pitching matchups for today's games:
|2013 - David Price||10-8||27||27||4||0||0||0||186.2||178||78||69||16||27||151||3.33||1.10|
|2013 - John Lackey||10-13||29||29||2||0||0||0||189.1||179||80||74||26||40||161||3.52||1.16|
Lineups for early game...
DeJesus LF, Myers RF, Loney 1B, Longoria 3B, Zobrist 2B, Jennings CF, Young DH, Escobar SS, Molina C
Ellsbury CF, Victorino RF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Napoli 1B, Gomes LF, Middlebrooks 3B, Drew SS, Ross C
|2013 - Justin Verlander||13-12||34||34||0||0||0||0||218.1||212||94||84||19||75||217||3.46||1.31|
|2013 - Sonny Gray||4-3||11||9||0||0||0||0||59.0||48||22||19||4||17||59||2.90||1.10|
Both of today's games are on TBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Joe Simpson, John Smoltz and Rachel Nichols for Red Sox/Rays; Don Orsillo, Dennis Eckersley, Buck Martinez and David Aldridge for Tigers/Athletics.
MLB.com Gameday for Tigers/Athletics
MLB.com Gameday for Rays/Red Sox
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Rays/Red Sox
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Tigers/Athletics
SB Nation game preview for Rays/Red Sox
SB Nation game preview for Tigers/Athletics
SB Nation Rays site: Drays Bay
SB Nation Red Sox site: Over The Monster
SB Nation Tigers site: Bless You Boys
SB Nation Athletics site: Athletics Nation
This will serve as your one and only game thread for both of today's games. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.