Sunday, September 28, 2008
Phillies Clinch NL East; NL Wild Card Tied; Who Wants Al Central?
Players of the Day from Saturday, September 27, 2008 American League Paul Konerko cranked a pair of homer runs and drove in three, but it wasn't nearly enough as the White Sox lost their fifth straight and continue to trail the Twins by 1/2 game in the Central division. Cleveland beat the White Sox, 12-6, while the Twins were losing their second straight to the Royals, dropping a 4-2 decision to Kansas City. It was the Twins' second straight loss to the Royals. Notes: Unless Minnesota wins the final regular season game on Sunday and the White Sox lose, Chicago's make-up game will have to be played on Monday in order to decide the division. Further, depending on the outcomes of all games, there may be a playoff on Tuesday at Chicago between the Twins and Sox to decide the division. National League Maybe it will turn out to be a little too late and a game or two short, but Johan Santana hurled a 3-hit, complete game shutout as the Mets dropped the Marlins, 2-0, and tied Milwaukee (losers to the Cubs, 7-3) in the wild card race. Meanwhile, the Phillies did their job, beating the Nationals, 4-3, to clinch their second straight NL East crown. Philadelphia will have home field advantage in one of the first round series. If the Mets win the wild card, the Phillies would play the Brewers. If the Brewers win, they would play them. Notes: Should the Mets and Brewers remain tied after Sunday's games, a single-game playoff on Monday at New York would determine the wild card.