Thursday, September 27, 2007

Yankees Clinch Wild Card; AL Set; NL Unsettled

American League NY Yankees 12 Tampa Bay 4 - The New York Yankees clinched the wild card spot in the 2007 playoffs and will likely face Cleveland in the opening round while Boston hosts the Angels. Oakland 6 Boston 11 - The only question remaining in the AL is who will win the AL East. The Red Sox took another step toward clinching that spot, knocking their magic number down to just 2. Mike Lowell (right) stroked 3 singles in 5 at-bats and drove in five runs to lead Boston to their second straight win over Oakland. The Sox finish the regular season with 4 games at Fenway, hosting the Twins. Other AL Scores Cleveland 12 Seattle 4 Cleveland 2 Seattle 3, 10 innings LA Angels 2 Texas 16 Minnesota 4 Detroit 9, 6 innings Toronto 8 Baltimore 5 Kansas City 0 Chi White Sox 3 National League While the playoffs participants are pretty well set in the American League, life is not so simple in the National. Not a single division or wild card spot has been clinched. In fact, no team, among the eight vying for the four available spots, is even assured of making the post-season. By the looks of things, nothing will be settled until at least Saturday. A few things are known. Each team has four games remaining and everybody will be playing every day Thursday through Sunday. Nobody has a day off. Here's a quick roundup of the situation: East: The Mets, who were leading by 7 games with 17 left to play, now lead by 1 over Philadelphia. After being swept by the Nationals (the Mets lost 5 of 6 in late Sept. to Washington), New York has one home game with St. Louis and close out the season with three against Florida at Shea Stadium. The Phillies have all of their remaining games at home: one with Atlanta on Thursday and three with the Nationals over the weekend. Atlanta, 4 back, is still mathematically eligible, but they would have to win their remaining games and the Mets lose all of theirs, plus Philly would have to lose 3 of 4. Central: The Cubs and Brewers both lost on Wednesday, so Chicago remains 2 games to the good in the division. Neither team can win the wild card, so one of these will be out of the playoffs. Chicago has lost their last two to Florida and has lost 9 straight to the Marlins, stretching over two seasons. They play one more at Florida before traveling to Cincinnati to close out the season. Milwaukee lost to St. Louis and will host San Diego in the final four games of the season. West: Arizona picked a poor time to go on a three-game losing streak, the last two at Pittsburgh. The Diamondbacks play one more in Pittsburgh before heading to Colorado for a final three-game series. They lead San Diego by one game and Colorado by two. The Padres beat the Giants on Wednesday, and play four games at Milwaukee to finish the regular season. Colorado won their 10th straight, topping Los Angeles, 2-0, and are just two games back of Arizona. The Rockies play at LA on Thursday and host Arizona for three games this weekend. One thing is certain. If the Rockies win out, they will finish at least one game ahead of Arizona. San Diego would also have to win all of their remaining four games to win the NL West. The hottest team in the majors, Colorado looks to have the best schedule to reach the post-season. Wild Card: San Diego leads the wild card by one game over both Philly and the Rockies. The wild card could become very jumbled if either San Diego, Colorado or Philadelphia takes over the lead in their division. Then Arizona and/or New York get drawn into the wild card mix. NL Scores Atlanta 2 Philadelphia 5 Chi Cubs 4 Florida 7 Arizona 1 Pittsburgh 5 Houston 7 Cincinnati 6 Washington 9 NY Mets 6 St. Louis 7 Milwaukee 3 Colorado 2 LA Dodgers 0 San Diego 11 San Francisco 3

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