Congrats, All Around…
First of all, several days ago, the NY Yankees clinched the AL East, setting in motion a possible Subway Series with the NY Mets, who have clinched the NL East. Of course, you know how baseball is. It’s possible that neither team will be in the Fall Classic.
The Detroit Tigers hope to have something to say about it. They beat Kansas City today to clinch at least the AL Wild Card. If they can hold off the surging Minnesota Twins, the Tigers, who were last in the playoffs in 1987, can capture the AL Central crown.
Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays hit his 15th triple of the season. It’s the first time since 1930 that a player has hit at least 15 triples in three straight seasons .
David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox tied Babe Ruth for most homers hit on the road by an American Leaguer when he hit his 32nd homer of the year away from Fenway . It was No. 53 on the year for "Big Papi," whose total this year is a new Red Sox record. He has Monday’s game in which to pass Ruth for most road homers in the AL.
And last but not least, Padres’ closer Trevor Hoffman notched his 479th save in today’s 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh. His 1-2-3 ninth inning set the all-time saves record.