Bosox advance...Tigers force Game 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have played themselves into the American League Championship Series for the 10th time, doing it with excellent pitching and a few timely hits.
Shane Victorino singled home the tiebreaking run and Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) scored twice as the Red Sox pulled out a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 4 of the division series. The Rays led 1-0 until Bogaerts scored the tying run on a wild pitch, moments before Victorino drove in Jacoby Ellsbury. Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) added a sacrifice fly in the ninth to cap the scoring.
Jake Peavy and the Boston bullpen held the Rays to six hits, just one coming after the sixth inning. Peavy carried a shutout until the sixth, when David DeJesus singled home Yunel Escobar (yoo-NEHL' EHS'-koh-bahr) to give Tampa Bay a brief lead.
Koji Uehara (KOH'-jee way-HAH'-rah) picked up a four-out save, one night after giving up a walkoff homer that extended the series.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers trailed 3-0 and were still looking for their first hit of the afternoon before everything broke right for them.
The Tigers have forced a fifth game in the American League Division Series by rallying for an 8-6 win over the Oakland Athletics. The game turned on Jhonny Peralta's (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tahz) game-tying, three-run homer in the fifth inning after Detroit collected back-to-back singles.
The Tigers tied the score again in the seventh on a solo blast by Victor Martinez. The A's argued that the home run shouldn't count because of fan interference, but it was upheld following video review.
Detroit finally went ahead 5-4 on Austin Jackson's RBI single later in the seventh, but the lead looked precarious once the Athletics loaded the bases against reliever Max Scherzer with nobody out in the eighth. Scherzer wiggled out of trouble by fanning the next two hitters before Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) lined out to center, ending the threat.
Scherzer replaced Tigers starter Doug Fister, who allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.
The Tigers went ahead 8-4 with a three-run eighth, capped by Omar Infante's two-run double. Detroit's final rally became crucial once Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit a two-run single off Joaquin Benoit (wah-KEEN' BEHN'-wah) in the ninth. Benoit ended the game by fanning Seth Smith.
Game 5 is slated for Thursday at Oakland.
Hank Steinbrenner wants Girardi to stay
UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner wants Joe Girardi to remain with the team and is awaiting the manager's decision on a new contract.
Girardi's current deal expires at the end of the month, and the team offered a new agreement last week.
The Yankees failed to make the postseason for the second time in 19 years, finishing 85-77 while All-Stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson missed much of the season. It was the team's worst record since 1992.
Also in the majors:
— Matt Kemp was scheduled to undergo cleanup surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday, a procedure that was planned before the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder was shut down for the postseason because of a sprained left ankle. Kemp is expected to be ready for spring training.
— Former Phillies manager and shortstop Larry Bowa has returned to the team as bench coach under manager Ryne Sandberg. Besides Bowa, Pete Mackanin also is coming back to the Phillies to be the third-base coach after serving as the bench coach for former skipper Charlie Manuel from 2009-12.
— Angels hitting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach Rob Picciolo will not return next season. Manager Mike Scioscia (SOH'-shuh) and general manager Jerry Dipoto made the announcement together Tuesday night, likely indicating they're both returning to the club in 2014.
— The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing back manager Kirk Gibson next season, but pitching coach Charles Nagy and first base coach Steve Sax have been fired. Arizona finished 81-81 for the second straight season to miss the playoffs for the second straight year after winning the NL West in 2011.
Receiver may be out for the year
UNDATED (AP) — Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones will go for a second opinion on his injured foot amid concerns he could miss the rest of the season. Coach Mike Smith says the initial report on Jones' foot was not encouraging. Jones injured the foot during last night's 30-28 loss to the New York Jets, which dropped the Falcons to 1-4 and four games behind first-place New Orleans in the NFC South.
In other NFL news:
— The NFL will play three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders. Dates and opponents for the games will be announced when the schedule is completed next year.
— New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis are the three finalists to host the Super Bowl in 2018. Those cities were selected from a pool of six at the NFL owners' meetings on Tuesday. New Orleans is seeking its 11th Super Bowl, Minnesota hosted one in 1992 and Lucas Oil Stadium is bidding to be the first cold-weather stadium to host two Super Bowls.
— Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the rest of this season after opting for neck surgery. Bradshaw was injured in Week 3 against San Francisco, but it's unclear when he was injured. He took a big hit on the opening series, continued to play, then was hurt again later when he ran into a lineman.
— Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has been found not guilty of an assault charge accusing him of punching a woman in the head at a nightclub. Jones was accused of hitting Shannon Wesley outside a downtown Cincinnati nightclub and was arrested in June.
— Michael Vick says his injured left hamstring feels better, though he didn't take part in team drills during practice. Vick left late in the second quarter of Philadelphia's 36-21 win at the New York Giants Sunday.
— Quarterback Mark Sanchez has undergone season-ending surgery on the torn labrum in his injured right shoulder, possibly also signaling the end of his New York Jets career. Sanchez was in a tight competition with rookie Geno Smith for the starting job this summer before being hurt against the Giants. Sanchez says he's "disappointed" by not being able to play this season, but expects a full recovery.
— Giants starting running back David Wilson will miss Thursday's game against the Chicago Bears because of a neck injury. The Giants re-signed Da'Rel Scott, who was cut last week.
— The New Orleans Saints have moved up a notch to No. 2 on The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, with Denver remaining the top team. The Saints improved to 5-0 on Sunday while previous No. 2 Seattle lost to Indianapolis. The Seahawks are third in the rankings, followed by Kansas City, the Colts, San Francisco, New England, Green Bay, Cincinnati and Baltimore.
Unhappy return for Schneider...Flyers win for Berube...Isles roll
UNDATED (AP) — The Canucks spoiled Cory Schneider's return to Vancouver while keeping the New Jersey Devils winless this season.
Jason Garrison beat Schneider at 2:18 of overtime to give the Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Devils. Schneider finished with 29 saves against the team that traded him to New Jersey during this year's draft.
Goals by Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) and Patrik Elias (EH'-lee-ahsh) gave the Devils a 2-0 lead, but the Canucks knotted the score on second-period tallies by Daniel Sedin (she-DEEN') and Alexander Edler.
Vancouver improved to 3-1 and dropped the Devils to 0-1-3.
The Philadelphia Flyers were winners in their first game under new coach Craig Berube (beh-ROO'-bee).
Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn scored to put the Flyers ahead 2-0 just 7 ½ minutes into their first win of the season, a 2-1 downing of Florida. Steve Mason stopped 33 shots and blanked the Panthers until Brad Boyes scored with seven seconds left in the second period.
The Flyers' first victory in four games comes a day after Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-ah-LEHT') was dismissed and replaced by Berube.
Elsewhere on ice:
— Tomas Hertl scored four of San Jose's final six goals in a 9-2 blowout win over the New York Rangers. Jason Demers (deh-MEHRZ') and Joe Pavelski each had three assists for the Sharks, who outshot the Rangers 47-20.
— Jussi Jokinen (YOO'-see YOH'-kih-nehn) registered his first career hat trick to lead Pittsburgh's 5-2 verdict over Carolina. Jokinen snapped a 2-2 deadlock early in the third period with his second goal of the night.
— John Tavares scored twice and Evgeni Nabokov (nah-BAH'-lahv) turned back 33 shots as the New York Islanders routed Phoenix 6-1. Josh Bailey added a goal and two assists to the victory.
— Colorado pulled out a 2-1 win at Toronto on P.A. Parenteau's (PAR'-ehn-tohz) goal early in the third period. Semyon Varlamov (SEHM'-yuhn vahr-LAH'-mahv) made 27 saves for the 3-0 Avalanche.
— Buffalo is winless through four games after Alex Killorn scored 1:50 into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 win over the Sabres. Teddy Purcell (PUR'-suhl) knotted the score for the Lightning with 14:17 left in regulation.
— Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson scored power-play goals 39 seconds apart in the opening period of Nashville's first victory of the season, 3-2 over Minnesota. Eric Nystrom added his first career penalty shot goal in the first period.
Stanford coach denies players faked injuries
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford football coach David Shaw has emphatically fired back at Steve Sarkisian after the Washington coach accused the Cardinal of faking injuries.
Shaw opened his portion of the Pac-12 coaches' teleconference with a carefully crafted statement, saying "we don't fake injuries, we never have and we never will. I don't condone it. I don't teach it. I don't allow it." He called Sarkisian's allegations "unprofessional" and pointed out that the only defensive coach he knows of who has told players to fake injuries works on Washington's staff.
Clowney might return
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says injured All-American Jadeveon (jah-DAY'-vee-uhn) Clowney is working hard so he can play against Arkansas Saturday.
Spurrier says he'll know later in the week if Clowney has recovered enough from a strained muscle near his ribcage to get back on the field.
Since the defensive end said shortly before kickoff last Saturday against Kentucky that he was in too much pain to play, there have been questions about whether the potential No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft was shutting it down for the season.
Bearcats freshman improving following car crash
CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati freshman football player hurt in a traffic accident that killed a teammate last month has been upgraded in an intensive care unit.
Receiver Mark Barr has been changed from serious to stable condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and a school spokesman said Tuesday that doctors are encouraged by his slow but steady progress.
Freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in the one-vehicle accident on the way back from a game against Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, last month