There are 4 baseball playoff games today....Saints update...Howard improving

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Associated Press

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Game 3 in the Washington-St. Louis National League playoff is being played this afternoon in the Nation's Capital. The best of five series is tied at 1-1. The pitching matchup has Chris Carpenter going for the Cards against Edwin Jackson.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Just hours after beating the Reds in Cincinnati last night the Giants are poised to even up their best of five series with the National League Central champs this afternoon. The game three pitcher for the Reds is undecided, while the Giants are using Barry Zito (ZEE'-toh).

UNDATED (AP) — Two playoff games are being played this evening in the American League. In the first contest the Yankees are playing host to the Orioles, while in the second outing the Athletics are home to the Tigers. The Yankees and Orioles split the opening two games, setting the scene for tonight's contest in the Bronx; while the A's beat the Tigers last night 2-0 to reduce the Tigers advantage to 2-1.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has reduced the length of suspension to two players in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints. The suspension of free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight to seven games, while Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita had his reduced from three games to one. Nothing changed for Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and his season-long suspension or for Saints defensive end Will Smith and his four-game suspension.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — There's good news for the Los Angeles Lakers and their fans. Newly acquired center Dwight Howard has been cleared for limited five-on-five scrimmages. Howard is working himself back in shape after undergoing offseason back surgery.

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