>>Cardinals Crush Nats To Take 2-1 NLDS Lead
(Washington, DC) -- The Cardinals are just a win away from reaching the National League Championship Series. Pete Kozma hit a three-run homer and the Cardinals shut out the Washington Nationals 8-0 at Nationals Park to take a two-games-to-one lead in their best-of-five Division Series. Matt Holliday went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Redbirds, who spoiled the first playoff game in the nation's capital in 79 years.
>>Cards Can Close Out Series Today
(Washington, DC) -- The Cardinals can close out their NL Division Series with a win in Game Four this afternoon in Washington. Kyle Lohse will get the start for the Redbirds. The 34-year-old veteran finished 16-and-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts during the regular season. The Nationals will counter with left-hander Ross Detwiler, who went 10-and-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 33 games including 27 starts this year. First pitch is at 3:07 p.m.
>>Cards' Holliday Nominated For Hank Aaron Award
(Undated) -- Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has been named a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award. The honor is given to the most outstanding offensive player in each league. Holliday batted .295 with 27 home runs and 102 RBI in 157 games this season. Voting runs through Tuesday and the winners will be announced during the World Series.
>>Bears' Tillman Wins Weekly Award
(New York, NY) -- Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week yesterday for Week Five. Tillman racked up four tackles and had 36-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Bears' 41-3 rout of Jacksonville last Sunday. The defense held the Jaguars to just 189 total net yards. The Bears have their bye this week and will return to action at home against Detroit on Monday, October 22nd.
>>Soriano, Rios Named Hank Aaron Award Finalists
(Undated) -- Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano and White Sox outfielder Alex Rios have both been named finalists for the Hank Aaron Award in their respective league's. The honor is given to the most outstanding offensive player in each league. Soriano hit .262 with 32 homers and 108 RBI in 151 games this season. Rios batted .304 with 25 homers and 91 RBI in 157 contests. Voting runs through Tuesday and the winners will be announced during the World Series.
>>Bulls Host Cavs Tomorrow At Assembly Hall
(Champaign, IL) -- The Bulls are back in action tomorrow night as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois. Chicago will then head to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves on Saturday. The Bulls opened exhibition play with a 92-88 win over Memphis on Tuesday.