Playoff wrap: Goodbye, Mariano; goodbye, playoffs

Playoff wrap: Goodbye, Mariano; goodbye, playoffs
September 23, 2013, 8:00 am
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MAGIC NUMBERS

A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers 2
N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals 5

The baseball pennant races are in the home stretch and we'll be here each weekday with a wrapup of the previous day's action. Here's what happened on Sunday, September 22:

A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers (91-65) lead Indians (86-70) by 5 games

      • Indians 9, Astros 2: In order for Detroit to win the division yesterday, Cleveland also had to lose. But to Houston? What were the odds of that? (AP)

A.L. WILD CARD: Rays and Indians hold top two spots; Rangers (84-71, 1 1/2 game behind Cleveland), Royals (82-73, 3 1/2 games back), Yankees (82-74, 4 games back) and Orioles (81-74, 4 1/2 games back) and in the hunt

      • Rays 3, Orioles 1: So Enny Romero is home in the Dominican Republican on Friday night. He watches his parent team, Tampa Bay, run through its pitching staff in an 18-inning win. He goes on Twitter and tweets that he's ready to pitch. The Rays call him up and he beats Baltimore yesterday. The moral of the story, according to Joe Maddon? "For all our minor leaguers out there, get on Twitter and you might end up in the big leagues for the playoff run." (AP)
      • Royals 4, Rangers 0 (10 innings): A walkoff grand slam. If, indeed, this was the last game of the year at Kauffman Stadium -- and the odds of Kansas City making up 3 1/2 games in the final week are pretty long -- what a way to go, eh? (AP)
      • Giants 2, Yankees 1: The Yanks said goodbye to Mariano Rivera in a touching ceremony before the game, and probably said goodbye to their dwindling postseason hopes after it. (AP)

N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals (91-65) lead Pirates (89-67) and Reds (89-67) by 2 games

      • Brewers 6, Cardinals 4: St. Louis could have celebrated a little bit last night -- the Cards clinched at least a wild-card spot when Washington lost the opener of its doubleheader in the afternoon -- but dancing around and dousing each other in bubbly after a loss? Especially when there's still a division title to win? No thanks. (AP)
      • Reds 11, Pirates 3: This is looking more and more like a battle for wild-card seeding. (AP)

N.L. WILD CARD: Pirates and Reds hold top two spots; Nationals (84-72, 5 games back) in the hunt