Carlos Beltran knocked in the winning run in the 13th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening game of the National League Championship Series.
The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers clinched Major League Baseball postseason spots for the first time since 2009, and the New York Yankees lost ground in the chase for a wild-card playoff spot.
Baseball’s highest honor is growing more remote for those caught in the sport’s doping scandal, with All-Stars such as recently suspended Alex Rodriguez likely relegated to the black-list treatment imposed on those who gamble on the game.
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired third baseman Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for a pair of right-handed relief pitchers, bolstering a position at which they had seven different starters last season.
Nelson Cruz hit a postseason record sixth home run and Michael Young drove in five as the Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 15-5 to win their second consecutive American League pennant and a spot in the World Series.