Giants and Braves all square in NLDS Game 1

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This one is moving along as planned.  A run-down here, a walk or two there, but mostly just good pitching.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum has six strikeouts through four innings and has allowed just one hit and one walk in Thursday’s NLDS Game 1.  But his offense, as usual, has not managed much of anything against Braves righty Derek Lowe.

Lowe escaped a jam in the bottom of the third, leaving two runners in scoring position with an inning-ending strikeout of Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff.  It was the only major threat from either side thus far.

Thursday’s postseason nightcap is 0-0 as we head to the bottom of the fourth.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.