Justin Verlander did what he had to do – he beat the White Sox on the last game of the season to keep the Tigers from fading into history. Meanwhile, the Twins pounded the Kansas City Royals to keep pace, setting up a Tuesday night game in the Metrodome for the AL Central Division crown. It’ll be Rick Porcello for Detroit, and Scott Baker for Minnesota, who has been in a game 163 before. Last year, the Twins hosted a playoff play-in but lost to John Danks and the White Sox. [MLB]
The weekend had a few interesting tidbits. The Minnesota Twins had a little in-fighting when pitcher Jose Mijares plunked a Tiger in Thursday’s game, and the Tigers retalliated by hitting Delmon Young. Young was angry – at Mijares. However, a quality scolding from Ron Gardenhire brought the two back into thinking about the goal – which was taking on Kansas City. [FoxSports]
Let’s discuss some playoff news (which starts Wednesday)
Boston will get Alex Gonzalez, whose hand was injured when hit by a Kerry Wood pitch on Friday night. X-Rays were negative. [ESPN]
And, Boston awaits news on Rocco Baldelli. The outfielder has a left hip-flexor injury, but appears to be day-to-day for now.
Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa strained his left groin in his last start of the season, but hopes to pitch in the playoffs. [MLB]
A couple of days ago, I told you about the late season finish of Joba Chamberlain. This weekend, the Yankees’ brass decided to keep Chamberlain and keep him as a bullpen option. [ESPN]
The Cards plan on using Kyle Lohse and John Smoltz out of the bullpen for the playoffs, while Tim Wakefield will not be on the ALDS roster.
What’s up with the bruise on Tiger first baseman Miguel Cabrera’s face? Even the Detroit Free Press has no idea – and listed to a lot of “no comment” responses.
Bronson Arroyo pitched great down the stretch and therefore has decided to put off carpal tunnel surgery. The problem seemed to have gone away when Arroyo gave up playing the guitar… [MLB]
Comings and Goings in Management… Orioles Manager Dave Trembley gets another season at the helm, despite a long September losing streak (13 games), for doing a good job with the young talent. [SI]
Brewers manager Ken Macha gets another year (and an option), but will have to make due with a new pitching and bullpen coach. [MLB]
Padres GM Josh Towers is done, possibly so that new Padres ownership can have “their own guy”. Towers did a pretty good job with limited options over the last few years. [SI]
Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi was canned after a handful of moderately successful, but frankly disappointing seasons. And, with his departure, can Cito Gaston be far behind? Players don’t like Gaston’s lack of communication issues. [ESPN]
Afterthoughts… Remember Shawn Chacon? The former MLB pitcher was arrested for failing to pay $150,000 in gambling markers to Caesar’s Palace. [MLB]