10.13.15:  All 8 teams in action Monday



NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud  combined for eight hits, 11 RBIs and six runs scored as the New York Mets whipped the Dodgers 13-7 in New York to take a 2-1 lead in the NLDS. Granderson put the Mets ahead to stay with a three-run double in the second and added a two-run double to finish with five ribbies. Cespedes unloaded a three-run blast in the fourth, and d’Arnaud provided a solo shot and three RBIs.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the NLDS by setting a club postseason record with six home runs in an 8-6 triumph over the Cardinals. Rookies Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler  homered for the Cubs, as did Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler and Starlin Castro. Winning pitcher Jake Arrieta left the game after yielding four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello and Kevin Pillar  homered as the Toronto Blue Jays outscored the Rangers 8-4 to force a fifth game in the AL division series. Donaldson and Colabello hit first-inning blasts before Pillar added a solo shot and three RBIs. Rangers starter and loser Derek Holland was rocked for six runs and five hits in just two-plus innings as the Jays sent the series back to Toronto for a winner-take-all on Wednesday.

HOUSTON (AP) — Five straight hits and a two-run error by shortstop Carlos Correa helped the Royals score five times in the eighth to turn a 6-2 deficit into an eventual 9-6 victory at Houston in Game 4 of the AL division series. Eric Hosmer delivered an RBI single during the rally before belting a two-run homer in the ninth. Correa homered twice and had four RBIs for the Astros, who head back to Kansas City for the fifth and final game of the series on Wednesday.


10.12.15:  Palmer throws 3 TDs to help Cardinals dominate Lions 42-17



DETROIT (AP) — Carson Palmer threw for three touchdowns, Matthew Stafford was benched after throwing a third interception, and the Arizona Cardinals routed the Detroit Lions 42-17 Sunday.

The Cardinals (4-1) have a two-game lead in the NFC West.

The Lions (0-5) have the dubious distinction of being the NFL’s only winless team and are off to their worst start since becoming the league’s only 0-16 team in 2008.

Palmer was poised and efficient, completing 11 of 14 passes for 161 yards, with a 14-yard pass to Darren Fells, an 18-yard connection to John Brown, and a 2-yard strike to Larry Fitzgerald for scores.

Stafford simply struggled, getting picked off on passes well short of receivers and missing at least one wide-open option. He was replaced in the third quarter by Dan Orlovsky.


10.9.15:  Rangers, Astros win


— The Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays finished with the American League’s best records during the regular season, but they find themselves trailing in the division series after dropping their openers.

In Kansas City, Collin McHugh worked six innings and the Houston Astros hit a pair of solo homers in a 5-2 triumph over the Royals. McHugh gave up two runs and four hits in six innings before four relievers combined to blank the Royals the rest of the way. Oliver Perez entered the game in the eighth with the potential tying run at the plate before getting Eric Hosmer to hit a foul popup for the final out.

The Astros took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI grounders by Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis. Rasmus and George Spring added solo shots after Kendrys Morales homered twice to get the Royals within 3-2.

Jose Altuve was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Astros, who face the Royals in Game 2 on Friday.

Johnny Cueto will try to even the series for Kansas City. The Astros will counter with Scott Kazmir.

Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor homered off David Price as the Rangers downed the Blue Jays 5-3. Chirinos put Texas ahead 4-1 with a two-run shot in the fifth inning, but the Blue Jays got within 4-3 before Odor went deep to complete the scoring.

Price lasted seven innings but was reached for five runs, five hits and two walks while pitching on 11 day’s rest.

Yovani Gallardo  allowed two runs and four hits in five innings to improve to 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against Toronto. Keone Kela , Jake Diekman  and Sam Dyson finished, with Dyson getting a save.

Neither team had its starting third baseman on the field by the end of the game. The Rangers had to take out Adrian Beltre in the third with a sore lower back, two innings before Toronto’s Josh Donaldson came out. Donaldson was kneed in the head while sliding in an attempt to break up a double play.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had to leave the game after the eighth inning due to hamstring tightness.

Game 2 is Friday afternoon in Toronto, where Marcus Stroman will pitch for the Blue Jays against Rangers ace Cole Hamels. The Rangers have won Hamels’ last 10 starts, scoring at least four runs each time.

Play in the National League Divisional series playoffs begins tomorrow with the Cardinals entertaining the Cubs, and the Dodgers hosting the Mets.

In news from the Cardinals’ camp, All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is on the St. Louis roster for the NL division series against the Cubs. He’ll be able to play wearing a splint to protect a strained ligament in his left thumb.



10.6.15:  Lions fall to Seahawks 13-10



SEATTLE (AP) — Kam Chancellor punched the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead, and the Seattle Seahawks held on for a 13-10 win on Monday night.

With Detroit on the verge of capping a 91-yard drive with the go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining, Chancellor came from the side and punched the ball from Johnson’s arm as he was being tackled by Earl Thomas. The ball bounded into the end zone and went over the back line for a touchback and Seattle’s ball at the 20.

Russell Wilson was sacked six times and pulled numerous escape acts, but threw a TD pass to Doug Baldwin in the first half and Steven Hauschka hit a pair of field goals from 50-plus yards as Seattle evened its record at 2-2.



10.5.15:  Norris leads Tigers to 6-0 win over White Sox



CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Norris pitched one-hit ball for five innings and Tyler Collins had a bases-clearing triple as the Detroit Tigers finished their first-to-worst tumble in the AL Central with a 6-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

The Tigers (74-87) entered this season the four-time defending division champion but were hurt by significant injuries and shaky pitching in falling to last place for the first time in seven years.

Chicago finished the season at 76-86, in fourth in the Central, a slight improvement over last year, when the Sox won 73 games.

Norris (3-2) didn’t give up a hit until Trayce Thompson’s triple in the fourth. Thompson was stranded on third, however, when Alexei Ramirez hit into an inning-ending double play.



10.2.15:  Weather prompts Big Ten to change time for Michigan-Maryland



ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten Conference has changed the time of Michigan’s game at Maryland to noon Eastern Saturday, moving up kickoff by eight hours amid concerns over drenching rain and the approach of Hurricane Joaquin.

The hurricane was expected to hit the Bahamas and move toward the U.S., but a wide swath of the East Coast already had rain in the forecast this weekend. Maryland was among the states expected to see some of the heaviest rain. The game between No. 22 Michigan (3-1) and Maryland (2-2) will be the Big Ten opener for both.

The league also pushed back the kickoff time for Nebraska at Illinois, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. ET, to accommodate any potential weather-related delays in earlier games The game is on the Big Ten Network.


10.1.15:  AL West-leading Rangers win again, 6-2 over Tigers



ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit the first of three Texas home runs as the AL West-leading Rangers moved closer to a postseason berth with a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Robinson Chirinos and Mike Napoli also went deep for the Rangers (86-72), who open a four-game series at home Thursday against the Angels. Los Angeles lost 8-7 Wednesday against Oakland to fall three games back in the division.

Houston, with the same 83-75 record as the Angels, played at Seattle later Wednesday night.

Yovani Gallardo (13-11) allowed nine hits over 5 1-3 innings, but gave up only two runs to win for the first time in his last four starts. The right-hander struck out five and walked one.

Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd (1-6) allowed all three Texas homers while giving up seven hits in 2 2-3 innings.


9.30.15:  AL West leader Texas snaps 3-game skid, 7-6 over Tigers



ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels won his sixth consecutive decision, overcoming a shaky start to strike out eight in six innings, and the AL West-leading Texas Rangers snapped a three-game skid with a 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Texas started the night with a 1 1-2 game division lead over Houston and two games ahead of the Angels, who start a four-game series Thursday in Texas to end the regular season. The Astros were at Seattle and Los Angeles home against Oakland later Tuesday night.

Adrian Beltre had three hits and drove in two runs, including Shin-Soo Choo when they had consecutive doubles in the fourth to break a 6-all tie. Choo also had a two-run homer in the first.

Hamels is 6-1 in 11 starts since getting traded from Philadelphia at the end of July, and the Rangers have won his last nine starts after losing the first two.


9.29.15:  Verlander, Collins lead Tigers past slumping Rangers 7-4



ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Verlander allowed one run in six innings, and Tyler Collins’ three-run home run sparked a five-run fifth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat Texas 7-4 on Monday night, handing the Rangers their third straight loss.

It’s Texas’ longest losing streak since mid-August. The Rangers went into Monday’s play leading the AL West by 2 1/2 games over the Astros, who played later Monday at Seattle.

Verlander (5-8) gave up a leadoff homer to former Detroit teammate Prince Fielder in the fourth. He allowed six hits and walked two while striking out five.

Collins, who graduated from Justin Northwest High School about 45 minutes from Globe Life Park, pulled his fourth homer of the season down the right field line to break a 1-1 tie. The homer followed a leadoff single by Dixon Machado and a double by Anthony Gose.

Colby Lewis (17-9) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing since June 5.


9.28.15:  Lions and Tigers fall on Sunday



-€” Peyton Manning converted a fourth down with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 5 seconds left in the first half to lift the Denver Broncos to a 24-12 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night. The Lions are off to their worst start since 2010. Matthew Stafford had three turnovers.

The Lions take on Seattle next week.


– Byron Buxton doubled and homered to lead the Minnesota Twins to a crucial 7-1 victory win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The Tigers finished the day with most of their key players on the bench. Ervin Santana cruised through seven innings. Randy Wolf gave up six runs on seven hits and a walk without getting out of the second inning.

The Tigers are on the road for a game in Texas tonight.