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Daily Tribe News/Playoffs Thread: October 3, 2011

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Cliff Lee couldn't hold a 4-0 lead, and the Cardinals pulled off a 5-4 road victory.
Cliff Lee couldn't hold a 4-0 lead, and the Cardinals pulled off a 5-4 road victory.

Francona not in ChiSox's picture; Rays' Martinez is - Yardbarker
According to Ken Rosenthal, Tampa Bench Coach Dave Martinez is at the top of Chicago's list of candidates with Tony Pena also a possibility. No mention of Sandy Alomar, who would be a logical candidate as well (played for the White Sox, lives in Chicago).

Tigers survive rain, dramatic ninth inning - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
The Tigers pulled out a win in New York, and have wrested home-field advantage away from the Yankees with Justin Verlander going in Game 3. Because of the Game 1 suspension, the two teams will have to go with starters they weren't planning on using (Porcello and Burnett) for Game 4, so tonight's Verlander-Sabathia matchup will be crucial to both clubs.

Cards rally against Lee, even NLDS at a game each - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
Cliff Lee was staked to a 4-0 lead but was not able to hold it, allowing five runs on 12 hits, including an Albert Pujols seventh inning go-ahead single.So after the first weekend of playoff baseball, only one series (Milwaukee-Arizona) isn't tied.

Today's Games

American League Championship Series

Texas at Tampa Bay, 5:07 PM (Game 3 - TIED 1-1) - TBS

Lewis vs. Price

New York at Detroit, 8:37 PM (Game 3 - TIED 1-1) - TBS

Sabathia vs. Verlander