Saturday Rockpile: ALDS Day 1 Recap, Plus Rockies Trade Mesa to Oakland

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Kelly Shoppach #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the dugout against the Texas Rangers during Game One of the American League Division Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 30, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

There isn't anything out there about the Rockies as of yet, although hopefully we'll get the announcement shortly that the Rox have fired Jim Tracy and replaced him with Terry Francona. A dude can hope. Anyway, because of the lack of Rockies news, I'm gonna treat y'all to a recap of yesterday's postseason games.

Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers - September 30, 2011 | MLB.com Box
The 2011 MLB Playoff opener ended up being a snoozer essentially from the beginning, as the Rays got after Texas ace CJ Wilson in a big way, lighting him up for eight runs in five innings. Six of the eight runs came as a result of the longball - two of which came off the bat of Tampa Bay catcher Kelly Shoppach. Meanwhile, Rays' rookie Matt Moore, who was taught his best pitch by a current Rockie, shut the powerful Texas offense down for seven innings, and the bullpen polished off the shutout in a 9-0 victory.

Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees - September 30, 2011 | MLB.com Box
The Tigers and Yankees never really got started, although Delmon Young homered off of CC Sabathia for Detroit and the Yanks manufactured a run against the unhittable Justin Verlander (speaking of which, would you believe me if I told you Ty Wigginton homered off of Verlander this year? #WiggyFacts). The rains came and washed away everything, including wasting each team's best pitcher. Ivan Nova and Doug Fister will pick up where they left off last night, which is in a 1-1 game in the bottom of the second inning.

...and, because this is "A Colorado Rockies Blog,"

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#Athletics also announce they have received outfielder Eliezer Mesa from Colorado as the player to be named later in the Mark Ellis trade.

Not a huge loss for the Rockies, especially considering Mark Ellis' value down the stretch (although the team didn't reciprocate that). The 22-year-old Mesa was very good in Asheville in 2010 (.302/.357/.420), but he struggled this season at Modesto (.256/.320/.311) and has virtually no power.

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