The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielders Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants, cutting a combined $19.9 million from the last-place team’s annual payroll.
The Tigers hit four home runs in an 8-1 rout to end the New York Yankees’ season and reach the World Series. The St. Louis Cardinals are one win from joining Detroit in Major League Baseball’s title round.
Matt Carpenter took advantage of his opportunity, coming off the bench after Carlos Beltran’s injury to hit a two-run home run that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a rain-delayed 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.
The San Francisco Giants took a two- games-to-none World Series lead against the Detroit Tigers by a matter of inches, one night after winning the opener with three home runs that traveled nearly a quarter of a mile.
The San Francisco Giants, who lost their best reliever and top hitter during the season, completed the comeback from a two-game deficit by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in a decisive Game 7 to reach the World Series for the second time in three seasons.