MLB Playoffs 

The Kansas City Royals are advancing to the ALDS after a dramatic 9-8, twelfth-inning win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game in KC.  The Royals scored twice in the bottom of the 12th after erasing a four-run deficit earlier in the game. Salvador Perez came through with the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the 12th to score Christian Colon, who had knocked in Eric Hosmer to tie the game.  Hosmer finished 3-for-4 with two walks, an RBI and two runs. Billy Butler and Lorenzo Cain each drove in a pair. The Royals will now face the Angels starting Thursday.

The San Francisco Giants play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card game tonight at PNC Park. The winner of the one-game, do-or-die matchup moves on to play the NL East champion Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series starting Friday in D.C.  The Dodgers host the Cardinals on Friday.

Tigers

The Tigers face the Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday.  We’ll have the broadcast at 5:10 on WBCK.   The Tigers have set their pitching rotation for their upcoming American League Division Series against the Orioles. Max Scherzer will get the start in Game One on Thursday in Baltimore.  Justin Verlander will take the mound for Game Two on Friday and David Price will pitch Game Three Sunday at Comerica Park.  Rick Porcello will start Game Four on Monday, if necessary.  Manager Brad Ausmus said Scherzer had been lined up for the first game, but if they had to play the Royals in an AL Central tiebreaker, Verlander would have started that game followed by Scherzer in the Wild Card game against the A's.  The Tigers have until 10 a.m. Thursday to submit their roster for the American League Division Series.  Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Tuesday he will wait to finalize his 25-man roster for the ALDS until he gets a better idea about the status of injured outfielder Rajai Davis. Davis, who suffered a Grade 1 pelvic strain Saturday, was spotted in the Tigers' clubhouse, but did not participate in the Tigers' workout Tuesday afternoon.

Game 2: Friday, Oct. 3 Tigers at Orioles, 11:40a.m. (if the Giants win the NL wild-card game) or 2:40 p.m. (if the Pirates win the NL wild-card game)

Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 5 Orioles at Tigers, 3:20 p.m.

Game 4: Monday, Oct. 6 Orioles at Tigers, if necessary, time TBD

Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 8 Tigers at Orioles, if necessary, time TBD

Cabrera Honored

Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera has been named American League Player of the Month for September.  Cabrera hit .379 with eight home runs, 10 doubles, 18 RBI and he scored 19 runs.    Victor Martinez took Player of the Month honors in August.

Lions

Southfield-native George Winn has been promoted to the Lions roster from the practice squad because of injuries at running back. Joique Bell, with a head injury and Theo Riddick and Montell Owens, with hamstring injuries, have all been sidelined recently.  The Lions play the Bills this Sunday in Detroit.

NFL Blackouts Blacked-out by FCC

The FCC has voted 5-0 to end NFL TV Blackouts.

Volleyball

KCC lost the first two at Lake Michigan College, but roared back to win three straight and the match.  Tristen Ehredt 26 Kills 11 Digs.  Grace Crawford 25 kills 5 digs.

Marshall Academy 3, New Covenant Christian 0.

St. Phillip 4, Camden-Frontier 1.  Abby McKinzie had 22 kills and 12 digs; Megan Parker had 17 kills and 18 digs.

Athens 3, Quincy 2  Teasha Swank with 20 kills, 22 digs and two blocks.

Boys’ Tennis

Lakeview 7, Harper Creek 1

Boys’ Soccer

B.C. Central 5, Niles 2.  Nati Nuzzi had two goals and an assist. Isaac Engelhardt had 21 saves in net.

Girls’ Swimming

Harper Creek 95, Allegan 91.

SMAC East Cross Country Jamboree No. 2

The Lakeview boys finished first, followed by Gull Lake.

Gull Lake won the girls’ race, followed by Lakeview.

Michigan President Weighs In

The president of the University of Michigan has weighed in on the handling of quarterback Shane Morris, who was allowed to continue playing in Saturday's loss to Minnesota despite suffering a head injury. Yesterday, Mark S. Schlissel released a statement saying despite having one of the finest levels of team medical expertise, the school's system failed on Saturday.

He also said he has instructed the athletic department to give him a review of the university's in-game player safety procedures. In a statement released early yesterday morning, Athletic Director Dave Brandon said Morris did suffer a probable mild concussion in the game.

College Football

The No. 10 Spartans start Big Ten play this Saturday night against the league’s only unbeaten team, Nebraska.  The No. 19 Cornhuskers are 5-0, and 1-0 in conference play.   Also this Saturday night, Michigan plays at Rutgers.  Western Michigan hosts Toledo, Hope visits Albion, and Olivet is at Adrian.

Red Wings

The Red Wings play the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight to close out the home exhibition schedule.  Detroit will skate in Toronto and Boston before opening the regular season against the Bruins at home next Thursday.