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MM 10.12: Two former Terps take part in MLB Championship Series

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

American League Championship Series Game 1: Tampa Bay Rays v. Houston Astros Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Two former Maryland baseball players are in Major League Baseball’s San Diego and Arlington, Texas, bubbles for the American League and National League Championship Series this week.

Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe hit third for the AL’s No. 1 seed in Game 1 against the Houston Astros Sunday evening, going 1 for 4 in the Rays’ 2-1 win. The Newport News, Virginia, native has been an integral component of Tampa Bay’s success, as his .554 slugging percentage and 14 homers led the team in the regular season.

Relief pitcher Adam Kolarek and the Los Angeles Dodgers begin a seven-game set with the Atlanta Braves Monday night. The southpaw has been a steady arm out of the bullpen for the league’s top team, compiling an ERA of 0.95 in 20 appearances.

After going deep in four straight games at one point and finishing in the top 10 of the A.L. in slugging, home runs, OPS and triples, Lowe is in consideration for the A.L. MVP award. Kolarek’s ERA is the lowest of any Los Angeles pitcher with more than two appearances.

In Other News

Former Maryland football player D.J. Moore caught four receptions for 93 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown in the Carolina Panthers’ 23-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Maryland football also honored its student-athletes of the week.

Marcus Dockery, Aquan Smart and the new faces of Maryland men’s basketball were seen on the Xfinity Center floor.

2018 College Cup champion Amar Sedjic scored his first MLS goal for Impact de Montréal.

Former Maryland men’s soccer player Patrick Mullins netted a goal for Toronto FC.

Maryland women’s lacrosse continued practicing at the Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse Complex.

Maryland wrestling joined the “how it started,” “how it’s going” social media trend with head coach Alex Clemsen yesterday.