Dodgers, Cards with the edge...Browns win battle of backups

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Associated Press

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 4:35 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 4:35 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — The L.A Dodgers took the opener of their NL division series by dominating the Atlanta Braves 6-1 behind a masterful pitching performance by Clayton Kershaw, the majors' ERA leader in the regular season. Kershaw mowed down the Braves for seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out 12.

ST. LOUIS (AP)— The St. Louis Cardinals own a 1-0 edge over Pittsburgh after routing the Pirates 9-1 in the NL division series opener at Busch Stadium. The teams are back at it this afternoon at Busch Stadium with 15-game winner Lance Lynn on the mound for the Cards against Pirates' rookie Gerrit Cole.

UNDATED (AP)— Both AL division series finally get started today. Wild card winner Tampa Bay is at Fenway Park to play the Red Sox (3:07 p.m. Eastern time) and AL Central champion Detroit sends out 21-game winner Max Scherzer against Oakland tonight (9:37 p.m. Eastern time).

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a game in which both starting quarterbacks were knocked out, the Cleveland Browns outscored the Buffalo Bills 37-24 to improve to 3-2. Quarterback Brandon Weeden replaced injured starter Brian Hoyer and rallied the Browns past the Bills, who also lost starting rookie quarterback EJ Manuel with a knee injury.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After failing to find a place to trade him, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released quarterback Josh Freeman, one week after benching the fifth-year pro in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. Freeman struggled the first three weeks of the season, completing just 45.7 percent of his passes.

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