Tigers and Red Sox take openers...Pirates and Cards even things up

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Associated Press

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 5:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 5 at 5:06 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Max Scherzer showed why he was a 21-game winner this season. The Detroit right-hander fanned a career postseason high 11 and combined with two relievers on a three-hitter in the Tigers' 3-2 AL division series opening win over Oakland.

BOSTON (AP) — After beating Tampa Bay 12-2 yesterday behind a strong pitching performance from Jon Lester, the Boston Red Sox can go 2-up on the Rays today. Boston sends out John Lackey against Rays ace David Price, a few days after Price pitched the Rays past Texas in the play-in game on Monday.

ATLANTA (AP)— The Atlanta Braves and L.A. Dodgers are all knotted up a game apiece in their NL division Series. Mike Minor pitched seven strong innings and the Braves held off the Dodgers 4-3 as the series heads to Los Angeles for Game 3 Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

ST. LOUIS (AP)— The Pittsburgh Pirates are heading home tied 1-1 in their NL division series following their 7-1 win in St. Louis yesterday. Today's a travel day with the series resuming with Game 3 Sunday in the Steel City.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds fired 64-year-old manager Dusty Baker yesterday after another season in which he failed to guide the team past the first round of the playoffs. The Reds are the fourth team with an opening at manager. Davey Johnson retired after the Nationals' season, Eric Wedge left the Mariners and the Cubs fired Dale Sveum (swaym) after finishing last in the NL Central.

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