Giants in extras, A’s by shutout, Sandusky 30-60 years, Cushing Done, Howard and Paul medically cleared + Free Play for Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Giants in 10 innings, A’s blank Tigers

There wasn’t much offense in Game III of the Giants/Reds ALDS series. Just seven hits over ten innings and in the end it was an unearned runs cored on an error that propelled San Francisco to a 2-1 win. The Reds drew first blood in the first on a RBI single by Jay Bruce but Cincinnati would manage just one hit the rest of the way. The Giants drew even on a Pagan sacrifice fly in the third. San Francisco got the winner on a Scott Rolen fielding error that allowed Bust Posey to score from third with two outs. Both pitching staffs were masterful, especially the Reds who registered 16 strikeouts.

There wasn’t much offense in the second game either with both teams combining for just nine hits but the A’s made their five count in the 2-0 whitewash of the Tigers. Yeonis Cespedas had a RBI in the first and designated hitter Seth Smith drilled a solo shot in the fifth to account for both Oakland runs. Brett Anderson and three relievers combined on the four-hitter as the A’s stayed alive to play on Wednesday.

All four series are in action on Wednesday starting with Game III of the Cards/Nats at Washington. The Red Bird’s Chris Carpenter takes on the Nat’s Edwin Jackson. Washington is a slight -115 favorite with the high/low set at 7 and the hook. First pitch is at 1:05 PM EST. At 4:05 PM EST, Barry Zito and the Giants square off in Game IV of their division series with the Reds. Game I here Matt Latos toes the bump for the Reds whoa re -140 home favorites. The total is 8 shaded 20 cents to the under.

The American League takes center stage in the night games. The Yankees and Hideki Kuroda are -165 home favorites over Baltimore and Miguel Gonzalez. The total is 8.5 and first pitch at The Stadium is at 7:35 PM EST. The series is tied at 1-1. In the 9:35 PM EST finale in Oakland, the A’s are -106 over the Tigers and Max Scherzer. There is a 15 cent tax on the under seven. Motowmn leads the series 2-1.

Jerry Sandusky sentenced to minimum of 30 years

After proclaiming his innocence and painting himself as the victim at his sentencing hearing, former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was given a minimum of 30 years behind bars essentially guaranteeing that the 68-year-old will die in prison. Sandusky was also ruled a violent sexual predator under Pennsylvania’s version of Megan’s Law which would have serious reporting implications to Sandusky on the remote possibility that he would ever get out. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexually abusing children in June.

Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky leaves the courthouse after sentencing

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Texan LB Cushing out for the season with torn ACL

Monday night, the Houston Texans sleepwalked their way to a 23-17 win over the Jets but they did not leave the Meadowlands unscathed. Brian Cushing, the heart and soul of the Texans top-five rated defense, is out for the season with a torn ACL. Cushing, who injured the knee being cut block on a second quarter run play, will have surgery in 2-3 weeks when the swelling on the knee goes down. He’ll be put on IR and out for the year.

Dwight Howard and Chris Paul medically cleared to resume full contact

News was good in the Laker’s camp when Dwight Howard was medically cleared to participate in full contact practices. Howard, 26, underwent surgery on his back to repair a herniated disk in April that ended his 2011-12 season. Howard will initially play limited minutes as he works his way back to game shape during the preseason.

PG Chris Paul of the Clippers also got good news having his surgically repaired thumb cleared to play in full contact drills. Paul, 27, underwent surgery in August after completing a gold medal run with USA Basketball at the 2012 London Olympics. His recovery timeline was originally set at eight weeks meaning Paul in on or a little ahead of schedule. Paul injured the ligament at the team USA camp in Las Vegas in July.

NHL and players to resume talks this weeks

As the NHL lockout dragged into it’s 22nd day, the NHL and the Players Association are scheduled to resume talks this week in New York. The major economic issue behind the lockout will not be discussed but rather the two sides will discuss how best to move the process along. The league has already canceled the first 82 games of the regular season through October 24th.

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