After Adrian Beltre helped the Texas Rangers punch their ticket to the ALCS on Tuesday afternoon, two more clubs look to advance in the evening.
In Detroit, Rick Porcello takes the ball for the Tigers, who hold a 2-1 series lead. The Yankees turn to beleaguered hurler A.J. Burnett as they hope to force the series to a winner-take-all fifth game in the Bronx. First pitch at Comerica Park is scheduled for 8:37 p.m. EST.
Out at Chase Field in Phoenix, the Diamondbacks are pinning their survival on the arm of rookie right-hander Josh Collmenter, who blanked the Brewers for 14 innings across two starts earlier this year. The Brew Crew looks to solve the rookie's funky delivery and celebrate tonight. First pitch in the desert is set for 9:30 p.m. EST.
With elimination games unfolding simultaneously across the country, could tonight bring anything near the level of excitement on the final day of the regular season?
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|@ dschoenfield : No sweeps in Division Series this year. Only other year that happened: 2003.|
Kotsay lofts a fly ball to Parra in left and that's the ballgame. The story here is a pair of rookies -- Goldschmidt and Collmenter. Snakes Alive!
Putz loses the zone a bit here, but Weeks breaks his bat and hits a grounder to third on the sixth pitch of the at-bat. Fielder's choice and Fielder is out at second. Weeks on at first. And Mark Kotsay is up with one on and two down. Last out.
He ranges to his left to scoop a ball up the middle but rushes the throw to first and botches it. Clearly didn't keep in mind that Fielder was lumbering down the line. He eventually arrives safely. And the Brewers have their third hit of the game.
Braun grounds out to second. Here comes the Prince.
J.J. getting some work in the ninth despite the scoreline. Braun might want to remember that splitter he just missed for strike two. He'll likely see that again if these two meet in a meaningful situation. Which sort of makes me wonder what the upside is to showing the Braun and Fielder Putz tonight....
|@ rustindodd : In 2009-10, Bloomquist and Yuni started 250 games at SS for the #Royals. Now they're opposite each other in the playoffs. #neversawitcoming|
Estrada gets McDonald to hit a soft comebacker to end a clean inning of work. It's 8-1 and we're heading to the ninth.
Gerrardo Parra watches a third strike. He's not happy as he stomps back to dugout with his head down. Two out for John McDonald.
It almost looks like the color schemes of Ryan Roberts' forearm tattoos matches the deep burgundy red, white and black color scheme of the D-Backs. That was considerate of him. He singles to left.
The 28-year-old righty is on for the Brewers. He strikes out Chris Young swinging to start the bottom of the eighth.
Hernandez picks up where Collmenter left off.
|@ dbacks : Final line for #TheTomahawk tonight: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. #Dbacks hand ball over to @DHern_30 leading 8-1 in the 8th.|
Corey Hart laces another one to right field. Upton makes an overhead grab getting back near the track. Well struck but well played.
Counsel hits one to Upton in right. Crowd behind visitors' dugout gives him a sort-of standing ovation as he trots back. I guess it's easy to be classy with an 8-1 lead.
The D-Backs fans at Chase Field let former Arizona player Craig Counsel hear some applause. That stance looks every bit as awkward as it did in 2001.
|@ robhetz : Narveson looked like he was trying to prove something. #Brewers|
Narveson retires Babe Ruth.. er Paul Goldschmidt to conclude the seventh inning.
Montero down on strikes. And, up come the offensive hero of the night: Paul Goldschmidt.
The lefty is on for the Brewers with Upton leading off the seventh. Narve tantalyzing him with the soft stuff. Starts and finishes him with a curve. One down. Montero up.
|@ trenni : The two stars for AZ tonight, Collmenter & Goldschmidt, were not on the Diamondback's opening day roster. Both are rookies. #postseason|
|@ jessespector : @joepawl Now it's best of 1 and the Yankees have home field advantage. That's how it goes when you play rock-paper-scissors baseball.|
|@ Craig620 : #Dbacks Collmenter thru 7 innings; he's retired 15 of 16 since the Corey Hart solo HR to leadoff the 3rd|
And the mighty Brew Crew still with just two hits.
That's how long it takes Collmenter to get the first two batters of the seventh back to the dugout for the Brewers. He is dealing.
Three up and three down for the D-Backs. Collmenter hits for himself as he only has thrown 84 pitches through six.
Although the suspense had long left this one, it's in the books. Game 5 will be in the Bronx on Thursday.