OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out 11 over seven dominant innings, Miguel Cabrera helped stake Detroit to an early lead before leaving in the eighth, and the Tigers held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 last night in AL division series opener. Cabrera and Alex Avila each hit first-inning RBI singles against All-Star Bartolo Colon. Scherzer retired 16 of his first 18 batters and was nearly untouchable before Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run drive in the seventh for his first career playoff home run.
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Minor pitched six strong innings, Jason Heyward had a two-run single and the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, evening the NL division series at one game apiece. The Braves turned three double plays, the most important coming to end a Dodgers threat in the seventh with Atlanta clinging to a 2-1 lead. Hanley Ramirez drove in all three Dodgers runs with a first-inning double and a two-run homer in the eighth.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Devin Setoguchi scored two goals in the third period to lead Winnipeg to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in the Jets' home opener last night. Matt Greene, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored for the Kings. Ondrej Pavelec finished with 33 saves for Winnipeg. Evander Kane had a goal and two assists. Olli Jokinen and Bryan Little also scored for the Jets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Left tackle Torian White will miss the rest of No. 12 UCLA's season because of a badly injured right ankle. Coach Jim Mora said last night that Bruins tailback Jordon James also is doubtful for next week's home game with his own ankle injury. White was hurt in the second quarter of the Bruins' 34-27 victory Thursday at Utah.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Purim's Dancer won the $58,000 feature for fillies and mares by a half-length yesterday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Gary Stevens, Purim's Dancer ran 6½ furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:12.02 and paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite in the field of five. A Time to Love returned $4.60 and $2.80, while Minds Eyes rallied from next to last at the top of the stretch to finish another nose back in third and paid $2.20 to show.