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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

MLB-NLCS

Cards on brink

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals can wrap up a spot in the World Series with a win this afternoon over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Cards took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series last night with a 4-2 win.

Matt Holliday and pinch-hitter Shane Robinson keyed the victory with the first home runs of the National League Championship Series. Holliday smacked a two-run shot in the third while Robinson's blast was a solo homer in the seventh.

Lance Lynn got the win for the Cards while Ricky Nolasco was the loser.

The pitching matchup today has Joe Kelly trying to close things out for the Cards against Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee).

The Cards are seeking a second World Series title in three years, but before they get overconfident all they have to do is remember last year when they blew a 3-1 lead in the NLCS against the Giants.

MLB-ALCS

Red Sox look for third win

DETROIT (AP) — The fourth game in the American League Championship Series is tonight in Detroit with the visiting Red Sox leading the series 2-1.

The Sox took the lead with a dramatic 1-0 win yesterday. The lone run of the game came in seventh inning when Mike Napoli belted a home run off loser Justin Verlander. The Detroit starter went eight innings allowing just four hits while striking out 10.

The winner was John Lackey who went 6 2/3rd innings. He also gave up four hits and struck out four.

The Tigers best chance of scoring came in the eighth when Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder struck out with runners at the corners.

Today's pitching matchup has Jake Peavy on the mound for the Sox against Doug Fister.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Brief schedule

UNDATED (AP) — There are just two games on tap tonight in the National Hockey League. In Washington, the Capitals are hosting the New York Rangers, while the other game has the Ducks squaring off with the Calgary Flames.

For the Rangers and Capitals, this is their first meeting of the season and first encounter since New York bounced Washington from the playoffs last spring. They are members of the newly formed Metropolitan Division of the NHL.

Tonight's game in Anaheim is the first of four this season between the Pacific Division rivals. Each team is off to a quick start to the new campaign.

NFL-INJURIES

Pats' Mayo done for season

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Jerod Mayo will miss the rest of the season.

The Patriots have placed the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker on injured reserve. Mayo appeared to have hurt his chest after making a tackle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints.

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