Yankees 9, Tigers 3NEW YORK - Robinson Cano hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, rookie Ivan Nova pitched brilliantly into the ninth inning in an unusual relief appearance and the New York Yankees shook off a 23-hour rain delay to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 in their suspended playoff opener Saturday night.
A day after rain wiped out aces Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia after only 1½ innings, the game resumed in the bottom of the second. No national anthem, all Yankees.
Cano barely missed a homer on his tiebreaking double in the fifth and New York broke it open with a six-run sixth against Doug Fister. Brett Gardner had a two-run single with two outs to make it 4-1 and, moments later, Cano connected off Al Alburquerque for his fourth grand slam since Aug. 11.
Rangers 8, Rays 6
Earlier, the Texas Rangers pressured Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields into an uncharacteristically wild performance and beat the Rays 8-6 on Saturday to square their American League Division Series at 1-1.
The Rangers fell behind 3-0 early and it looked like their home record in AL Division Series was going to slip to 0-8. Texas pitcher Derek Holland issued a bases-loaded walk in the first to open the scoring, then allowed a two-run homer to Matt Joyce in the top of the fourth.
The game turned around in the bottom of the fourth. Elvis Andrus was hit by a pitch leading off the inning. Josh Hamilton then singled, and Michael Young's single loaded the bases.
The Rangers then got their first run of the series when Shields hit Adrian Beltre with a fastball near his left knee, forcing in a run.
Mike Napoli followed with a full-count single that drove in two runs, tying the game 3-3.
After a strike out, Shields threw a wild pitch to David Murphy, allowing Beltre and Napoli to move to second and first respectively. Murphy worked the count full then swung and missed at a pitch, but the ball ricocheted away from the catcher, allowing Beltre to score. Napoli came home on Mitch Moreland's grounder, making it 5-3 to the Rangers.
Consecutive singles to start the sixth ended the night for Shields. Kinsler sent both of them home with a double to make it 7-3.
Shields allowed seven runs in five-plus innings. He had thrown eight scoreless innings at Texas on Aug. 31, then allowed only one run in a complete game victory against the Rangers five days later. He had hit only five batters and thrown four wild pitches over 249 1-3 innings in his 33 regular-season starts before Saturday's horrible fourth inning.
Still, Tampa Bay almost rallied. In the top of the seventh, Desmond Jennings walked, B.J. Upton followed with a single and Evan Longoria hit a homer to make it 7-6.
Texas' Moreland eked that buffer out to two runs with a towering solo homer in the bottom of the eighth.
The Rays got a man on base in the ninth, with the tying run at the plate, but successive fly-outs ended the contest.
Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Monday in Tampa. Colby Lewis pitches for the Rangers against David Price.
Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1
In Milwaukee, pitcher Yovani Gallardo struck out nine batters to match a franchise postseason record, leading Milwaukee to a 4-1 win over Arizona in Saturday's opener of their National League Division Series.
He retired 14 of 15 during one stretch, perhaps helped by shadows cutting across the infield. With an early start time, the sun peeked through the retractable roof all afternoon, creating a shifting pattern of shadows between pitcher and batter.
Gallardo gave up just one run Ryan Roberts' eighth-inning homer over eight innings to take the win in his first postseason start since 2008.
Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder hit a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning, ending the game for Arizona starter Ian Kennedy and helping erase fears that these playoffs would be like 2008, when he went a miserable 1 for 14.
Jerry Hairston Jr. put the Brewers ahead for good in the fourth with a sacrifice fly set up by Fielder's double.
Ryan Braun, who fell just short of the NL batting title, contributed three hits. The All-Star left fielder also threw out a runner at the plate in the first inning as Milwaukee's shaky defense stood firm.
Game 2 is Sunday. Zack Greinke will start for Milwaukee against Daniel Hudson.
Phillies 11, Cardinals 6
In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning that put Philadelphia ahead to stay, beating St. Louis in the opener of their American League Division Series.
Raul Ibanez followed with a two-run shot off Kyle Lohse as the Phillies piled on five runs in the sixth. Shane Victorino had three hits and two RBIs for the hosts.
Philadelphia starter Roy Halladay had a shaky start giving up a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in the first but recovered to retired his last 21 batters. He allowed three hits while striking out eight over eight innings.
Cardinals starter Lohse retired the first 10 batters before Chase Utley hit a double in the fourth and the Phillies then took over in the sixth.
Down 3-1, Jimmy Rollins singled to start the inning. After Utley struck out, Hunter Pence grounded a single up the middle. That brought up Howard, who heard a lot of criticism last year for taking a called third strike with the tying run on second base to end the Phillies' season against San Francisco in the NL championship series.
Howard worked a full count before launching a towering drive into the second deck in right-center to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.
Victorino followed with a single. Ibanez then lined a two-run homer to right to end Lohse's night.
Lohse allowed six runs in 5 1-3 innings.
The Cardinals scored three times in the ninth, highlighted by Skip Schumaker's two-run double.