Oct 1, 2011, 9:35 p.m.

Cano powers Yankees to 9-3 win over Tigers in opener

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Robinson Cano crushed a grand slam home run to lift the New York Yankees to a 9-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday and complete their rain-delayed opening game of the Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. Cano drove in six runs, including two run-scoring doubles, to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five American League division series after a prolonged game that began on Friday but was suspended because of rain.

Rangers level series with Rays

ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas Rangers rallied from an early deficit then survived a late scare to edge the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6 on Saturday and level their best-of-five American League divisional series at 1-1. The Rays, riding high on confidence after winning their last six games in a row, got off to a fantastic start, building an early 3-0 lead, keyed by a two-run home run by Matt Joyce.

"Long way to go" with no progress made in labor talks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Basketball Association (NBA) team owners and locked out players failed to reach agreement after a second straight day of labor talks on Saturday, saying they would meet again in New York Monday. No progress was made after seven hours of negotiations in a midtown Manhattan hotel and, with the salary cap the main sticking point between the two sides, the prospect of a delayed start to the regular season loomed even larger.

Phillies crush St. Louis in series opener

(Reuters) - Philadelphia launched their Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs campaign in emphatic fashion on Saturday, coming from behind to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-6 in the opening game of their National League division series. The Cardinals, who snuck into the playoffs after overhauling the Atlanta Braves on the last day of the regular season to grab the NL wild card, briefly threatened an upset when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a first inning home run from Lance Berkman.

Fielder powers Brewers past Arizona in opener

(Reuters) - The Milwaukee Brewers, led by slugger Prince Fielder, launched the National League baseball playoffs with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Saturday's opening game of their best-of-five division series. Fielder, the burly, bearded power hitter who struck 38 home runs this season, belted a two-run shot in the seventh inning and set up the Brewers' first run with a double to lead the attack.

Safina should quit because of bad back says brother

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former world number one Dinara Safina has no chance of making a comeback from injury and will soon announce her retirement, according to big brother Marat Safin. Safina, 25, has not played since early May because of persistent back pain. She announced in August that she would not play again this year.

Small market Brewers chase big dreams

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - For years, the only September race that held any interest for Milwaukee Brewers fans was a sprint between the team's famous sausage mascots before the bottom of the sixth inning of every home game. The sausages provided some comic relief for fans weary from a string of dreary losing seasons but this Fall they are once again playing big games in Major League Baseball's smallest market with the Brewers back in the playoffs for just the second time since 1982.

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