NLCS: Milwaukee brews up a comeback win
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The barbs already were flying. Come Sunday, the Milwaukee Brewers bashed the St. Louis Cardinals with their bats.
Needing a rally in the NL championship series opener, Milwaukee turned to its power duo of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, then got a clutch hit from Yuniesky Betancourt to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6.
Braun launched a two-run, 463-foot homer in the first inning and added a two-run double during a six-run burst in the fifth. Fielder hit a two-run homer and the typically light-hitting Betancourt added a two-run homer to cap the big comeback.
At least for one game, the bitter NL Central rivals avoided any on-field confrontations in their first postseason matchup since the 1982 World Series.
That's despite an already-tense atmosphere that gained some steam when Brewers starter Zack Greinke let it slip on Saturday that some of his teammates don't like the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter -- a comment that drew a stern rebuke from Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
Greinke struggled, but reliever Takashi Saito got Cardinals star Albert Pujols to ground into a key double play in the seventh. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a hitless eighth and closer John Axford threw a hitless ninth for a save.
Game 2 is at Miller Park on Monday night.
David Freese hit a three-run homer off Greinke in the fourth, and the Cardinals led 5-2 in the fifth.
Rains postpones Game 2 of ALCS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers are wet and wounded.
After Game 2 of the AL championship series in Texas was postponed Sunday because of more rain in the forecast, manager Jim Leyland said the Tigers have lost another outfielder for the series.
Magglio Ordonez is out for the rest of the season after he re-fractured his right ankle, which was surgically repaired in 2010.
Already without Delmon Young (left oblique), the Tigers lost to the defending AL champion Texas Rangers 3-2 in Game 1 on Saturday.
Game 2 is rescheduled for 3:19 p.m. today and the teams will lose their travel day with Game 3 still set for Tuesday in Detroit.