Around the Majors: Angels, Dodgers clinch

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Redsox 7, Orioles 5 (1st)
Redsox 7, Orioles 5 (2nd)
BlueJays 4, Yankees 2
Angels 5, A’s 4
Tigers 5, Devil Rays 1
Royals 10, Whitesox 2
Rangers 10, Mariners 4
Indians 5, Twins 5 (11–suspended)

NL
Pirates 3, Reds 1
Braves 8, Cubs 6
Dodgers 7, Giants 3
Brewers 5, Cardinals 1
Astros 9, Rockies 3
Marlins 4, Phillies 3
Expos 6, Mets 3
Diamondbacks 7, Padres 6

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Yankees      100   61  .621   -     57-24  43-37  48-27 20-12 22-14 LOST 2
y--Redsox        98   63  .609   2     55-26  43-37  48-27 19-13 22-14 WON  3
e--Orioles       77   84  .478  23     37-43  40-41  36-39 21-15 15-17 LOST 3
e--Devil Rays    69   91  .431  30 1/2 41-39  28-52  26-49 18-17 10-22 LOST 1
e--BlueJays      67   93  .419  32 1/2 40-40  27-53  29-45 13-19 17-19 WON  2

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Twins         91   69  .569   -     48-31  43-38  19-17 45-29 16-16 WON  1
e--Whitesox      82   79  .509   9 1/2 46-35  36-44  16-16 39-36 19-17 LOST 1
e--Indians       79   81  .494  12     44-37  35-44  17-15 35-39 17-19 LOST 1
e--Tigers        72   89  .447  19 1/2 38-42  34-47  12-19 36-40 15-21 WON  1
e--Royals        58  103  .360  33 1/2 33-46  25-57  12-24 32-43 08-24 WON  1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Angels        92   69  .571   -     45-36  47-33  25-18 28-15 32-25 WON  2
e--A's           90   71  .559   2     51-29  39-42  23-20 27-16 30-27 LOST 2
e--Rangers       88   73  .547   4     51-30  37-43  25-18 23-20 30-27 WON  1
e--Mariners      63   98  .391  29     38-43  25-55  13-30 19-24 22-35 LOST 1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Braves        96   65  .596   -     49-32  47-33  51-25 18-17 19-13 WON  3
e--Phillies      85   76  .528  11     41-39  44-37  38-37 18-18 20-12 LOST 1
e--Marlins       83   78  .516  13     42-38  41-40  43-32 15-21 18-14 WON  1
e--Mets          70   91  .435  26     37-43  33-48  28-47 15-21 17-15 LOST 3
e--Expos         67   94  .416  29     35-45  32-49  28-47 17-19 15-17 WON  2

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Cardinals    104   57  .646   -     52-28  52-29  19-11 53-36 21-09 LOST 1
d--Astros        91   70  .565  13     47-33  44-37  16-14 55-35 13-16 WON  6
e--Cubs          88   73  .547  16     44-37  44-36  15-14 50-40 15-15 LOST 5
e--Reds          76   85  .472  28     40-40  36-45  18-12 38-51 15-15 LOST 1
e--Pirates       71   89  .444  32 1/2 39-41  32-48  17-13 36-52 16-14 WON  1
e--Brewers       67   93  .419  36 1/2 36-45  31-48  11-19 35-53 13-17 WON  1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Dodgers       93   68  .578   -     49-31  44-37  14-18 22-14 47-28 WON  1
d--Giants        90   71  .559   3     47-35  43-36  19-13 20-16 40-35 LOST 1
e--Padres        87   74  .540   6     42-39  45-35  18-14 19-17 42-33 LOST 1
e--Rockies       68   93  .422  25     38-43  30-50  11-21 10-25 39-37 LOST 3
e--Diamondbacks  50  111  .311  43     28-52  22-59  09-23 15-21 20-55 WON  1

x–clinched the division title
y–wild card
d–eliminated from winning the division title
e–eliminated from winning the division title and the postseason

3) Wild card standings–

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Astros           91   70  .565   -
Giants           90   71  .559   1

4) The Dodgers clinched the division title for the first time since 1995.

5) The Angels clinched the division title for the first time since 1986.

6) The Astros will clinch the wild card if they beat the Rockies or the Giants lose to the Dodgers.

7) The Cubs were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

8) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, clinched
AL Central–Twins, clinched
AL West–Angels, clinched
AL wild card–Redsox, clinched

NL East–Braves, clinched
NL Central–Cardinals, clinched
NL West–Dodgers, clinched
NL wild card–Astros, 1

9) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees will be the #1 seed. The Angels lead the Twins by 1/2 game for the #2 seed.

In case of a tie between the Angels and Twins, the Angels get the #2 seed, by virtue of winning the season series.

NL–The Cardinals will be the #1 seed. The Braves will be the #2 seed. The Dodgers will be the #3 seed.

10) Today’s schedule–

AL
Devil Rays (John Halama, 4.75) at Tigers (Nate Robertson, 4.79), 1:05
Yankees (Brad Halsey, 7.33) at BlueJays (Josh Towers, 5.23), 1:05
Redsox (Derek Lowe, 5.43) at Orioles (Rick Bauer, 4.71), 1:35
Whitesox (Jose Contreras, 5.77) at Royals (Zack Greinke, 3.92), 2:10
Indians (Cliff Lee, 5.55) at Twins (J.D. Durbin, 7.36), preceded by the completion of yesterday’s suspended game, 2:10
Rangers (Chan Ho Park, 5.89) at Mariners (Gil Meche, 5.03), 4:05
Angels (Aaron Sele, 5.14) at A’s (Tim Hudson, 3.57), 4:05

NL
Expos (John Patterson, 4.88) at Mets (Tom Glavine, 3.66), 1:10
Pirates (Oliver Perez, 3.08) at Reds (Brandon Claussen, 6.60), 1:15
Marlins (Ismael Valdez, 5.04) at Phillies (Brett Myers, 5.53), 1:35
Rockies (Jamey Wright, 3.98) at Astros (Roger Clemens, 2.98), 2:05
Brewers (Jorge De La Rosa, 6.11) at Cardinals (Dan Haren, 4.63), 2:15
Braves (Paul Byrd, 3.34) at Cubs (Greg Maddux, 3.88), 2:20
Giants (Jason Schmidt, 3.29) at Dodgers (Kazuhisa Ishii, 4.69), 4:10
Padres (David Wells, 3.63) at Diamondbacks (Brandon Webb, 3.67), 4:35

11) Yesterday’s HR–

Vladimir Guerrero–#39
Moises Alou–#38
Steve Finley–#36
Aramis Ramirez–#36
Sammy Sosa–#35
Vinny Castilla–#35
Miguel Tejada–#34
Miguel Cabrera–#33
Brad Wilkerson–#32
Jose Valentin–#30
Mike Cameron–#30
Jeff Kent–#26 & #27
Mike Lowell–#27
Kevin Mench–#26
Craig Biggio–#23 & #24
Aaron Rowand–#24
Javier Lopez–#22 & #23
Michael Young–#22
Marquis Grissom–#21
Craig Monroe–#18
Lyle Overbay–#16
Juan Rivera–#12
Marcus Thames–#9 & #10
Orlando Cabrera–#10
Jason Michaels–#10
Morgan Ensberg–#10
Eli Marrero–#10
Angel Berroa–#8
B.J. Surhoff–#8
Miguel Ojeda–#8
Calvin Pickering–#7
Jose Castillo–#7
Eric Bruntlett–#4
Darren Bragg–#4
Jorge Piedra–#3
Val Pascucci–#2
Ruben Gotay–#1

12) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–43
T2) Paul Konerko–41
T2) David Ortiz–41
4) Vladimir Guerrero–39*
5) Mark Teixeira–38
T6) Gary Sheffield–36
T6) Alex Rodriguez–36
8) Miguel Tejada–34*
T9) Carlos Delgado–32
T9) Hank Blalock–32

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–48
T2) Albert Pujols–46
T2) Adam Dunn–46
4) Barry Bonds–45
T5) Jim Thome–42
T5) Jim Edmonds–42
7) Moises Alou–38*
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
8) Jeromy Burnitz–37
T9) Aramis Ramirez–36*
T9) Steve Finley–36*

*–hit 1 yesterday

13) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.610, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.815, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.424, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–152, is 6th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–231, new major league record
BB above average–199, new major league record
career HR–has 703, is 11 behind Ruth, is 52 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 460, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1496, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795
times reached base–375, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the major league record with 379, 1923
times reached base vs. average–254, new major league record

14) Sammy Sosa passed Harmon Killebrew into 7th place on the all time HR list, with 574.

15) Vinny Castilla passed Jim Edmonds and Ruben Sierra into 100th place on the all time HR list, with 303.


1) Braves 3B Chipper Jones (hit near the wrist by a pitch) and P John Thomson (stiff back) had to leave yesterday’s game.

Jones suffered a bruise, didn’t need X-rays and is day to day. After 55 RCAA/.972 OPS and 43 RCAA/.920 OPS seasons, Jones is hitting .485 SLG, .362 OBA, .847 OPS, 11 RCAA in 137 games. He has a .937 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 429 RCAA in 1542 games.

Thomson, was who scheduled to pitch game 2 of the NLDS, will be evaluated today. After 4.71 ERA/-1 RSAA and 4.85 ERA/4 RSAA seasons, Thomson finished with a 3.72 ERA/13 RSAA in 33 starts. He has a 4.71 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.31, and 33 RSAA (he’s spent the majority of his career in Coors) in 179 games.

2) The Phillies fired manager Larry Bowa. Bench coach Gary Varsho managed yesterday and will do it again today.

3) The Marlins gave manager Jack McKeon a 1 year contract extension, for 2005.

4) Mariners C Miguel Olivo was suspended for 2 games, for making contact with an umpire on September 20. When he dropped his appeal, the suspension was cut to 1 game, and he served it yesterday.

After starting his career with -14 RCAA/.646 OPS in 2003 (he also played in 6 games in 2002), Olivo has a .441 SLG, .288 OBA, .729 OPS, -10 RCAA in 95 games (first 46 with the Whitesox).

5) Yankees manager Joe Torre was suspended for 1 game, for a throwing at hitters incident last Saturday. He served it yesterday.

6) The BlueJays fired pitching coach Gil Patterson and 1B coach Joe Breeden.

7) The Indians-Twins game had to be suspended so the Metrodome could be set up for a football game and will be resumed today.


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