-On the 15th anniversary of their last playoff win, the O’s get a strong start from Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Yankees 3-2 and even the ALDS at a game apiece. “It’s one of those team atmospheres where we all got each other’s backs,” says closer Jim Johnson, who bounced back to record a save a night after surrendering five runs in the ninth. “I’ve never been in a clubhouse like that before.” Game 3 is tomorrow night in New York.
-The Cardinals beat the Nationals 12-4 to tie that series at a game apiece. “We wanted to come out and make a statement and tie this up before we went to D.C.,” Daniel Descalso says. “We came out and did exactly what we wanted to today.” Game 3 is tomorrow night in Washington — the first time the city has hosted a postseason game since 1933.
-Andy writes that Tech is simply not built to play smashmouth football this year. “To say that J.C. Coleman and Tony Gregory can line up and run the ball inside like Ryan Williams and Darren Evans did consistently, probably not,” Shane Beamer says. “That’s not necessarily their deal. … To be totally honest, I don’t know from an offensive line standpoint and from a running back standpoint that we’re necessarily built [like that] right now.”
-Fullback Riley Beiro will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder.
-Next week’s game at Clemson will be a noon start.
-A fire damages the new practice facility. “Whatever issues there are, they’ll get it rebuilt or repaired,” Mike London says. “It’s kind of the same way with the team.”
-Georgia Tech fires defensive coordinator Al Groh after the team surrenders 40-plus points in three straight games for the first time in school history. “What’s inside his head, he’s very knowledgeable,” head coach Paul Johnson says. “There’s no questioning that. The problem was becoming, what’s in there, we weren’t seeing on the field.”
-Former Hokie Ryan Williams will miss the rest of the season following surgery on his left shoulder.
-The Texans beat the Jets to move to 5-0 but lose linebacker Brian Cushing to injury.
NAME THAT TUNE
We don’t make a party out of lovin’
We like holdin’ hands and pitchin’ woo
We don’t let our hair grow long and shaggy
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do