Tigers And Cardinals Take Division Crowns – MLB Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — It was quite a memorable final day of the Major League season and featured the crowning of two division champs, the outcome of a wild-card race, a no-hitter and the retirement of an iconic shortstop.
The Detroit Tigers wrapped up the AL Central title with a 3-0 shutout of Minnesota. Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs to back David Price, who gave up four hits in 7 1/3 to a Twins team that scored 23 runs the previous two days.
The Tigers' win puts the Royals in the wild-card game against Oakland.
The Athletics took the second wild-card berth with a 4-0 win at Texas as Sonny Gray went the distance on a six-hitter for his second career shutout. Josh Reddick hit an RBI triple in the second, but the game remained close until Jed Lowrie's two-run single in the ninth.
St. Louis clinched the NL Central crown when Pittsburgh was beaten 4-1 by Cincinnati. Reds ace Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) picked up his 20th victory and snapped a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the eighth. Kristopher Negron added a two-run homer to support Cueto, who gave up a run and six hits in eight innings.
The Pirates settle for a berth in the NL wild-card game against San Francisco.
The no-hitter came courtesy of the National League's top team as Jordan Zimmermann tossed the first one in Washington Nationals history. Zimmermann allowed only two baserunners and finished with 10 strikeouts, but the no-hitter hung in the balance until defensive replacement Steven Souza Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out.
And then there was the final game of Derek Jeter's career. He ended his 20-year run in the same way he completed his final at-bat in Yankee Stadium, with an RBI single.
Jeter went 1-for-2 with a run-scoring hit in the third inning before coming out for a pinch-hitter. He received a standing ovation from Red Sox fans at Fenway Park as he left the field. Jeter also embraced Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz before receiving hugs from his teammates on the warning track near the Yankee dugout.
The RBI hit was part of the Yankees' 9-5 win at Boston.
Jeter was congratulated by former captains of local pro teams in a classy pregame ceremony orchestrated by the Red Sox. Carl Yastrzemski and Jason Varitek of the Red Sox, Bobby Orr of the Bruins, Troy Brown of the New England Patriots and Paul Pierce of the Celtics came out of the Boston dugout and headed toward the grass just behind the dirt at shortstop.
Also in the majors:
— The Royals' bullpen struck out seven over five shutout innings of relief in a 6-4 triumph over the White Sox in Chicago. The Royals trailed 4-2 in the sixth until Christian Colon hit a two-run double and scored on Carlos Peguero's RBI single.
— Kolten Wong's sixth-inning grounder provided the only run in the Cardinals' 1-0 win at Arizona. Adam Wainwright got the day off after the Redbirds wrapped up the NL Central, but the Diamondbacks still managed just two hits off five St. Louis pitchers.
— Adrian Gonzalez is the major league RBI leader with 116 after hitting a three-run homer in the Dodgers' fifth straight win, 10-5 over Colorado in Los Angeles. Matt Kemp added a two-run shot to back Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee), who allowed one run in five innings for his career-high 17th win.
— Buster Posey smacked a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Adam Duvall added a solo shot in San Francisco's 9-3 rout of San Diego. Giants rookie Chris Heston tossed four innings in his first major league start, allowing three runs and six hits.
— Felix Hernandez picked up his 15th win and captured the AL ERA title by tossing five shutout innings in Seattle's 4-1 triumph over the Los Angeles Angels. Michael Saunders had a pair of RBI doubles and Mike Zunino a two-run single in the Mariners' 87th win, their most since 2007.
— Milwaukee capped their disappointing finish with a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs, leaving the Brewers 82-80 after they led the NL Central most of the season. Anthony Rizzo belted a two-run homer and Arismendy Alcantara (ar-his-MEHN'-dee al-KAHN'-tah-rah) snapped a 2-2 deadlock with a two-run double in the sixth.
— Rookie Zach Walters and Carlos Santana each had two RBIs in Cleveland's 7-2 win over Tampa Bay. Walters and David Murphy hit solo homers for the Indians.
— Jonathan Schoop (skohp) hit a fifth-inning homer and Miguel Gonzalez worked the first five innings of Baltimore's 1-0 shutout of Toronto. Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz won the AL home run title with 40.
— Lucas Duda hit his 30th homer and had four RBIs as the New York Mets ripped Houston 8-3. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) went 2-for-4 to win the AL batting crown at .341.
UNDATED (AP) — The major league postseason will get underway Tuesday with Scott Shields taking the mound for the Royals in Kansas City against Oakland's Jon Lester. The winner will travel to Anaheim to take on the Angels in the American League Division Series.
On Wednesday, the Giants send 18-game winner Madison Bumgarner to the hill against Edinson Volquez and the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The winner gets the Washington Nationals, who host the first two games of their National League Division Series.
Later this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take on St. Louis in an NL division series and Baltimore will play Detroit in an AL division series.