And That Happened: Sunday’s Playoff Highlights

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Tigers 5, Athletics 4: Don Kelly with the walkoff? Sure, why not? The A’s are in a deep hole now, down 2-0 in a best of five. How quickly the magic pixie dust from a late regular season run fades.

Nationals 3, Cardinals 2: Gio Gonzalez walked the world, but the Nats rallied and Mike Matheny got outsmarted by Davey Johnson. It’s happened to a lot of ’em, Mike. Don’t worry too much about it.

Yankees 7, Orioles 2:  CC Sabathia comes up huge and the Orioles bullpen, for once, gets kicked around.

Reds 9, Giants 0: Bronson Arroyo allowed one hit over seven shutout innings. I know it’s not officially over, but between this and the A’s, I’m not gonna make any reservations for a possible Bay Area World Series.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle 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.