-- Tim Lincecum outdueled Roy Halladay, thanks to a pair of Cody Ross solo homers, and the Giants beat the Phillies 4-3 in Game 1 of the NLCS. Jason Werth and Carlos Ruiz homered to account for Philadelphia's runs.
The pitchers both worked seven innings, with Lincecum whiffing eight and Halladay seven. The bullpens slammed the gate over the last pair of frames; ex-Bucco Javier Lopez worked 2/3's of an inning with a K.
Game two is tomorrow night; Jonathan Sanchez goes against Roy Oswalt.
-- This time, the Rangers hung on to an early 5-0 lead and whipped the Yankees 7-2 at Arlington today. Texas beat up on Phil Hughes while Colby Lewis limited New York to two runs over 5-2/3 innings and the bullpen closed the door afterward.
The Rangers snapped a 10 game playoff losing streak to the Yankees and a seven game losing streak at home. Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte will hook up Monday in the Big Apple with the series knotted at one win apiece.