Cards beat Dodgers 4-2, BoSox stops Tigers 1-0, NFL News and Notes, US saves Mexico’s World Cup hopes, + Tuesday recap: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dodgers on the brink after 4-2 loss

The St Louis Cardinals used a three-run third and an insurance homer by pinch-hitter Shane Robinson in the seventh to beat the Dodgers 4-2 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the NLCS. Lance Lynn picked up the win for the Cardinals who also got a homer from Matt Holliday who snapped an 0-22 skid at Dodger Stadium with the blast. The Cardinals can clinch this afternoon as Joe Kelly faces Zack Grienke (-125) at 4;05 PM EST.

Napoli homer sends Red Sox over Tigers and Verlander

NFL News and Notes

The Minnesota Vikings have announced that they will start former Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback Josh Freeman in their Monday night game with the New York Giants. The Vikes signed Freeman two weeks ago after the former No.1 Tampa Bay pick out of Kansas State was released by the Bucs.

The big hype in the NFL this weekend is Peyton Manning’s return to Indy with the Denver Broncos. Colt’s owner Jim Irsay has been stirring things up on twitter by saying that he was “disappointed” that Indy won only one Super Bowl in Manning’s 14-year stay in Indy. Bronco’s HC John Fox called Irsay ungrateful and former Colt GM Bill Poulian has also jumped in. Get all the detail and actual tweets by clicking here and here.

The New England Patriot’s took another major hit to the middle of their defense when leading tackler Jerod Mayo was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. Mayo has played on 88% of the Pats defensive snaps since 1988.

US beats Panama 3-2 with two injury time goals

The US got goals from Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson in injury time to beat Panama 3-2 and save Mexico in World Cup qualifying. The Mexicans, who lost to Costa Rica 2-1, will now play a home-and-home with New Zealand for one of the few remaining 2014 World Cup spots in Brazil. The US had qualified last month and Panama would have went if they had been able to hold off the US.

Free Play

(MLB) BoSox (Peavy) +113 Detroit (Fister) (Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:05 PM EST)