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Dusty Baker still mum on new contract

Reds manager Dusty Baker (megasportsnews.com)

The Cincinnati Reds have offered Dusty Baker a new contract. It was offered even before the Reds had sewn up the NL Central Division championship.

But Baker is not saying much about the contract’s status. Several reports have said that he’ll sign the deal after the season is finished for good.

Currently in the final year of a three-year deal, Baker led the Reds to the 2010 NL Central Division title. This will be their first playoff appearance in 15 years.

There are reports from media sources saying that Baker is close to a new agreement that has some items put in that he specifically wants but in his words, “reports can be wrong.” His contract is not the main point according to Baker.

The Reds clinched the division title with a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

compiled from staff, TV, radio & wire reports

Yankees clinch 15th playoff berth in past 16 years; Sabathia wins 21st game

With Tuesday night’s win over the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1, the New York Yankees clinched their 15th postseason berth in the past 16 years. Left-hander C.C. Sabathia won his 21st game of the season.

The boys from the Bronx, have reached the playoffs every season but one since 1995. The year was 2008 when they finished behind Tampa Bay and Boston in the American League East.

Derek Jeter (MLB)

Shortstop Derek Jeter scored three runs and drove in one run for the Yankees.

The Yankees will be on a quest to win their 28th World Series title this postseason.

Sabathia allowed one run and three hits while pitching 8 1/3 innings. He matched Andy Pettitte’s 21 victories in 1996 and 2003 for the most wins by a Yankee since Ron Guidry in 1985 when he posted a record of 22-6.

compiled from staff & New York Yankees news

Tampa Bay Rays clinch playoff spot; AL East championship still within reach

The Tampa Bay Rays have secured the franchise’s second playoff berth.

But they have their sights on the AL East title and the best record in the league.

The Rays, two years ago made the improbable run from one of the worst teams in baseball to one of the best and the World Series, retained their half-game lead over the New York Yankees in the division.

Stuart L. Sternberg Tampa Bay Rays owner (MLB)

The magic number to clinch their second AL East chanpionship in the past three years is any combination of four Tampa Bay wins or New York Yankees losses. The Rays own the tiebreaker after winning the season series between the clubs 10 games to 8.

David Price, who blasted the fans in the Tampa area for Monday night’s low attendance of 12,446 fans, was the winning pitcher in Tuesday night’s 5-0 clinching game against Baltimore. Price, now a 19-game winner pitched eight innings, allowed six hits, struck out eight, walked none and only one runner got past second base during the game.

Tuesday’s announced crowd was 17,891, 5,000 below the Tampa Bay season average.

Team president Matt Silverman announced before Tuesday’s game that the Rays will be giving away 20,000 free tickets for Wednesday night’s regular-season home finale against the Orioles.

compiled from staff & Tampa Bay Rays news

REDS CLINCH TITLE ON JAY BRUCE’S GAME-WINNING HOMER IN 9TH

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE


CINCINNATI, OHIO — The Cincinnati Reds finally sewed up the NL Central Division title and will be headed to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

Reds players celebrate the NL Central Division title (megasportsnews.com)

Right fielder Jay Bruce homered on the first pitch from Astros left-hander Tim Byrdak in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night to give Cincinnati a 3-2 win over Houston to wrapup the division.

The Reds have had a knack for winning games in it’s last at bat, 22 to be exact, second-most in Major League Baseball.

Bruce, who had problems hitting Astros starting left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez throughout the game, blasted Byrdak’s pitch and lined it over the wall in center next to the Reds bullpen, sending teammates sprinting in from the dugout and bullpent to home plate to meet him as the fireworks went off and the fans stood with a well-deserved ovation.

Reds manager Dusty Baker brought a title in 3 years to Cincinnati (megasportsnews.com)

With the Central Division championship, Reds manager Dusty Baker joined Bill McKechnie as the only managers to lead three different National League teams to the playoffs. Baker also has led the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs to the playoffs.

The sold 30,151 tickets for the game, with walk-up ticket sales totaling 7,786 for the game.

Reds lefty phenom Aroldis Chapman (2-2) pitched a perfect ninth, topping out with a 101 mph pitching against Angel Sanchez, who grounded out to shortstop.

Celebration in the Reds clubhouse (megasportsnews.com)

The Reds chore now is that they want to finish with the second-best record in the National League, so they open up the playoffs hosting a series instead of going on the road.

Phillies clinch NL East Division; Halladay wins 21st game

The Philadelphia Phillies continued their reign over the NL East. They are champions for the fourth year in a row. Roy Halladay pitched a two-hitter.

Halladay earned his 21st victory with his fourth shutout and ninth complete game, all highs in major league baseball this year.

Roy Halladay (MLB)

Jayson Werth drove in four runs in leading Philadelphia to an 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals Monday night, wrapping up the division with five games left in the season.

The 21-10 Halladay will be playing in the MLB playoffs for the first time in his 13-year major league career. He played with the Toronto Blue Jays prior to being traded to Philadelphia this past winter.

compiled from staff & Philadelphia Phillies news

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