Most of the news centered on those events that earn quick hits as the season closes.
1) The Yankees are in the playoffs – a win over the Angels guarantees at least a Wild Card spot, but unless they really fold for ten days, the truth is that they will likely have the best record in all of baseball and 100 wins when the season is done.
2) Zack Greinke smoked the Red Sox yesterday for win #15. If he pitched like this for a contender, he’d likely have 20 wins already. He’s been the best pitcher in the AL all season long.
3) Mark Reynolds topped his single season strikeout record, fanning for the 206th time last night. You still want him on your fantasy roster, but WOW – that’s a lot of strikeouts.
White Sox closer Bobby Jenks pulled his calf muscle during warmups (reinjuring something a few games back in Seattle) and is out for the rest of the season. Jenks hinted that he might not pitch in Chicago next year, too… [ESPN]
Aaron Cook will pitch for the Rockies, starting against the Cardinals – and just in time for a playoff run. Cook will be limited to 70 pitches in Friday’s start. [FoxSports]
Padre outfielder Edgar Gonzalez partially separated his shoulder diving for a Clint Barmes flyball (turned into an inside-the-park homer), and is day-to-day. [MLB]
The Braves and catcher Brian McCann got some good news when x-rays showed that McCann’s left hand wasn’t broken. McCann took a foul tip off the heel of his left hand and was forced to leave Tuesday night’s game. [MLB]
Welcome Back! Willy Taveras returns to Cincinnati after a short DL stint.