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Still trying to catch my breath from a freaky Friday that saw the Cubs and Red Sox clinch division titles, the upstart Diamondbacks wrap up at least the NL wild card and the Mets continue their calamitous collapse. A check of the standings shows this bottom line for Saturday's games: ---The American League matchups are set for the division series. The Indians will have…

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While it's been pretty obvious for a couple weeks that the Red Sox, Yankees, Indians and Angels were going to be the four AL playoff teams, nothing is settled yet in the NL among seven teams and there's just three days left in the season! In the East, the Mets are falling apart ("Meet the Mutts" roared the headline on today's game story in the Daily News) while…

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Out of the glare of the pennant races, our old friend Brandon Phillips made history Wednesday night when he went deep in the first inning against Houston to join the 30-30 club in homers and stolen bases. He's just the second baseman to do it (joining Alfonso Soriano) and only the third Red (joining Eric Davis and boyhood idol Barry Larkin). Click here to see the video o…

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You're Joe Torre and you're pondering your division series rotation. Chien-Ming Wang and Andy Pettitte are easy. Now comes Game Three. With Roger Clemens shelved again by his hamstring Tuesday in Tampa, I say he's out of the mix. The Yankees apparently are still holding out hope he can pitch. If Clemens can't go, is their only choice for Game Three Mike Mussina, even th…

Six games left, two games back. That's the Yankees' scenario this week. Homefield advantage in the playoffs is still at stake and you'd think the Yankees would love to play the Indians in the division series, based on their 6-0 advantage in the regular season series. The Yankees have all six games on the road (Tampa, Baltimore) while the Sox are cozy at Fenway for the dur…

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Going around the horn from the weekend as we head into the final week of the season: ---You have to feel good for all the Buffalo connections on the Indians, who wrapped up the AL Central with Sunday's win over Oakland. Then they had quite a champagne-spraying/pie-throwing/water-dousing party in the clubhouse as you can see from Grady Sizemore's reaction (right). Here's …

Who will survive? Who will thrive? Who will choke? After nearly six full months, we're going to find out the answers as the regular season heads into its final week. Here's a rundown of the remaining schedule for the contenders (not including the Indians and Angels, who essentially have their playoff spots wrapped up): Yankees (2 home, 6 away) -- Today and Monday, vs. To…

Must reading in this week's Sports Illustrated: The takeout on Mike Coolbaugh, the Tulsa Drillers coach who was killed by a line drive July 22 during a Double-A game in Little Rock, Ark. It's posted on the Web here. It's loooooong. But it's worth a few minutes, or a half-hour, of your weekend. The incident spooked players and coaches around baseball, both in the majors a…

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Uggla. If you're a Mets fan, that's gotta be what you're saying today. Thursday night's 8-7, 10-inning loss at Florida is about as excruciating a defeat as they come. The Mets scored four runs in the ninth to take a 7-4 lead, then gave up three in the bottom of the inning largely because closer Billy Wagner was unavailable due to back spasms. In the 10th, Florida won it …

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians' October playoff run will mark the last time you see them play in Jacobs Field. No, the Tribe isn't moving out of its wonderful 14-year-old home (if you've never been there, shame on you).  It's looking for a new revenue stream by selling the rights to the ballpark's name. The park was named after former owner Richard Jacobs, who sold the te…

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How are you holding up, Red Sox and Mets fans? There are chokes and then there are your complete gag jobs, which is what we've been seeing from these two outfits in recent days. Once 14 1/2 games up on the Yankees, the Sox are just 2 1/2 up after Tuesday's 4-3 loss in Toronto that saw the Blue Jays rally for three runs in the eighth. The Mets, meanwhile, have coughed up …

CLEVELAND -- I sat down with Bisons manger Torey Lovullo in the Indians' clubhouse prior to Tuesday's game against the Tigers and he couldn't stop smiling. Lovullo, a September addition to manager Eric Wedge's staff, said the way the young players are contributing to the Tribe's division championship run certainly "softens the blow" of missing the playoffs in Buf…

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CLEVELAND -- Talk about a loose bunch. The Cleveland Indians are enjoying one wacky season and they're just about golden for their first division title since 2001. Monday's 6-5, 11-inning win over the Tigers was their 10th walkoff triumph of the season in Jacobs Field and the second time in four days they've won a game on a Casey Blake home run. That also means it's the s…

CLEVELAND -- There's quite a buzz tonight in Jacobs Field tonight as the Indians and Tigers open a three-game series. The Indians own a 4 1/2-game lead in the AL Central and this is essentially Detroit's last chance. But the defending AL champion Tigers are also in the thick of the wild card race, just 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees. Here's some nuggets heading into the f…

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The Yankees won two of three over the weekend from the Red Sox but Boston accomplished its main goal -- avoiding a sweep that would have pulled New York within 2 1/2 games of the division lead. The Yanks are 4 1/2 back with 13 to play and none of them are against Boston. Not likely they'll catch the Sox. But while those teams were having another terrific series, there wer…