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Baseball Playoffs: Tigers beat Yankees, Athletics Advance


The Detroit Tigers are one victory away from upsetting the New York Yankees in the first round of the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Tigers' veteran pitcher Kenny Rogers shut down the big Yankee bats in nearly eight innings of work Friday, earning a 6-0 victory in Detroit.

The Tigers scored three runs off New York star pitcher Randy Johnson in the second inning, adding two more in the sixth.

The Tigers will try to wrap up the best-of-five American League division series Saturday in Detroit, after taking two of the first three games.

The winner of the series will face Oakland for the American League title after the Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

Oakland downed the visiting Twins 8-3 Friday.

The National League playoffs resume Saturday with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets looking to advance to the league championship series.

The Cardinals have a two games to none lead over the visiting San Diego Padres, while the Mets have the same lead over the host Los Angeles Dodgers.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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