Dodgers lead late in Game 3...Red Sox, Tigers take a break
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting outstanding pitching for the third time in as many games in the National League Championship Series. This time, they're also getting enough offense to back it up.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon-jihn ree-OO') has tossed seven shutout innings to help Los Angeles Dodgers carry a 2-0 lead into the eighth. Ryu no-hit the Cardinals for the first four innings and has held them to just three hits while striking out three.
The Dodgers scored twice in the fourth as Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI double and scored on Yasiel Puig's (YAH'-see-ul pweegz) triple.
Los Angeles starters have allowed just two earned runs the entire series, yet the Cardinals currently lead it two games to none.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright has allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He entered the game 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA lifetime in the postseason.
The Cardinals are finishing the game without David Freese (freez), who suffered an apparent ankle injury in the fifth inning. Freese recorded the Cardinals' first hit of the game before leaving.
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is playing tonight despite being diagnosed with a fractured rib. Ramirez was injured when hit by a pitch in the series opener, causing him to sit out Game 2.
DETROIT (AP) — It's an off-day for the Tigers and Red Sox as the two teams prepare for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series in Detroit. The Tigers will send Doug Fister to the mound tomorrow against Boston's John Lackey.
The Tigers could use the extra day to forget about last night's 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. Detroit enjoyed a 5-1 lead in the eighth before David Ortiz erased it with one swing of the bat, launching a grand slam off Joaquin Benoit (wah-KEEN' BEHN'-wah). Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-uh) won it with a single in the bottom of the ninth.
Umpire Wally Bell dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell has died less than a week after working the National League Division Series between St. Louis and Pittsburgh. He was 49.
Major League Baseball confirmed Bell's death Monday. He died of an apparent heart attack in his home state of Ohio.
Surgery for Orioles third baseman
BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has undergone surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. The 75-minute procedure included an arthroscopy and open reconstruction of the medial patellar femoral ligament. Recovery time is estimated to be around six months.
Weeden still the Browns' QB
UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski says he doesn't plan to change quarterbacks for Sunday's game against Green Bay.
Brandon Weeden was back under center for yesterday's loss to Detroit and threw an underhanded interception with the Browns down by seven in the fourth quarter. The interception was part of a second half in which Cleveland was outscored 24-0 in a 31-17 loss to the Lions.
Weeden returned to the starting lineup Sunday after Brian Hoyer sustained a season-ending knee injury.
Also in the NFL today:
— The Buffalo Bills have signed free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn, although coach Doug Marrone all but ruled out Flynn's chances of starting Sunday against the Dolphins in Miami. Flynn accepted a deal after spending the morning working out for a team that's been scrambling to add quarterbacks since rookie starter EJ Manuel sprained his right knee in a 37-24 loss to Cleveland on Oct. 3. Backup Thad Lewis started yesterday's loss to Cincinnati and threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes despite a sprained ankle.
— Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was back with the team today after completing his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse program. Miller didn't apologize or explain his actions, only to ask his fans, teammates and coaches to judge him on what he does in the future.
— Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he remains committed to quarterback Terrelle Pryor and has no plans to make a change. Allen gave the vote of confidence one day after Pryor threw three interceptions, including two in the final 4 1/2 minutes of a 24-7 loss to Kansas City. Pryor also was sacked 10 times and had a career-low rating of 45.7.
— Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell attended team meetings after being released from a Bay Area hospital late last night. Campbell was hospitalized for possible neck and spine injuries after he was carted off the field during Arizona's 32-20 loss at San Francisco yesterday.
— The Washington Redskins have lost backup linebacker Bryan Kehl and long snapper Nick Sundberg for the season with injuries. Kehl tore the ACL in his left knee, and Sundberg tore the meniscus in his right knee in Sunday's 31-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
— The New York Giants could be without running back Brandon Jacobs for next Monday's game against Minnesota due to a left hamstring injury. That would make Michael Cox the likely starter with David Wilson and Da'Rel Scott also nursing injuries.
— Jets running back Mike Goodson will miss the rest of the season after tearing two ligaments in his left knee in Sunday's 19-6 loss to Pittsburgh. Goodson says the ACL and MCL were torn when he was trying to make a tackle on Lawrence Timmons' game-sealing interception of Geno Smith in the fourth quarter.
Vickers to miss rest of season
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brian Vickers will miss the rest of the NASCAR season because of a blood clot in his right calf.
Vickers was placed on blood-thinning medication once the clot was discovered today. He missed the final 25 races of the 2010 season with blood clots, and during that time required heart surgery.
He said in a statement his physicians are confident he'll be able to resume activity before next season.
Franklin out with shoulder sprain
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback James Franklin will be out three to five weeks with a sprained right shoulder.
Coach Gary Pinkel says redshirt freshman Maty Mauk will start on Saturday at home against No. 22 Florida.
Franklin was injured in the second half of Missouri's victory at Georgia on Saturday.
Wings beat B's
UNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres still own the NHL's worst record and are one of just two clubs without a victory. On Monday, it was a former teammate who sent the Sabres to a 2-1 loss to Minnesota.
Jason Pominville snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring a power-play goal with just two seconds left in the second period. It was Pominville's first game in Buffalo since the Sabres traded him to the Wild midway through last season.
Kyle Brodziak (BRAHD'-zihk) also scored and Josh Harding turned back 22 shots as the Wild improved to 3-1-2.
The Sabres have scored just seen goals while opening the season 0-6-1.
Also in the NHL:
Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary scored second-period goals to give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 win over the Bruins. Jonas Gustavsson made 28 saves in his first action of the season to help the Red Wings win their second straight and improve to 4-2.
— Alex Ovechkin notched a goal and an assist while the Washington Capitals were scoring three times in the second period of a 4-2 win against Edmonton. Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer (BROW'-ur) each had power-play goals as the Caps ended a three-game losing streak and picked up their first regularion victory of the season.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ST. MARY'S/SANCTIONS
Sanctions still on
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — The NCAA has upheld penalties against the St. Mary's men's basketball program for recruiting violations. That means coach Randy Bennett must serve a five-game suspension and won't be allowed to recruit off campus this season. The NCAA put Saint Mary's on four years of probation earlier this year for a "failure to monitor its men's basketball program," reducing scholarships by two for the next two seasons.