User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Cards back in, AL division races down to last day

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

Here's how the pennant races look with one day to go:

- LAST TEAM IN: St. Louis clinched baseball's final postseason berth Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to San Francisco. The defending World Series champions were beaten by Cincinnati 3-1, but wrapped up the second NL wild card hours later when the Giants won 4-3 at Dodger Stadium. St. Louis will start Kyle Lohse (16-3) at Atlanta on Friday in the new one-game playoff.

- WILD-WEST SHOWDOWN: Travis Blackley pitched the Athletics past Texas 3-1 to forge a first-place tie with the Rangers in the AL West. The teams meet again Wednesday afternoon in Oakland, a one-game showdown for the division title. The loser settles for a wild card.

The surprising A's grabbed a share of first place for the first time since March 29, erasing the last piece of what had been a 13-game deficit in the division race on June 30.

- BIG RALLY: The Yankees needed a clutch comeback to maintain their one-game lead in the AL East over Baltimore. Not long after the Orioles won 1-0 at Tampa Bay, Raul Ibanez rallied New York past Boston 4-3 with a pinch-hit homer that tied the score in the ninth inning and then an RBI single in the 12th.

The Yankees had been 0-58 when trailing after eight innings this season. Now, they can clinch their 13th division crown in 17 years with a victory Wednesday night or a Baltimore loss. If the teams end up even, they play a one-game tiebreaker Thursday in Baltimore for the AL East title. The loser would get a wild card.

- CLOSE TO THE CROWN: Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and two RBIs before leaving Detroit's 4-2 loss at Kansas City in the fifth inning. Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.331), homers (44) and RBIs (139). The Triple Crown was last achieved by Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Angels rookie Mike Trout is second in batting average at .324. Texas slugger Josh Hamilton is one home run behind Cabrera and also ranks second in RBIs with 128.

- HOME COOKING: The Nationals and Reds are tied for the best record in the majors (97-64) heading into the final day of the regular season. Washington can clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a victory over Philadelphia or a Reds loss in St. Louis. Cincinnati needs a win and a Nationals loss because Washington won the season series.

- NEXT UP: Midseason acquisition Ryan Dempster (7-3) pitches for the Rangers at Oakland in their last chance to nail down a third consecutive AL West championship. A.J. Griffin (7-1) starts for the rookie-laden Athletics, hoping to become the fifth team to finish in first place after trailing by at least 13 games.

- CHASE CHATTER: ``I think they realized how special this is. You can't take these for granted. We were talking about it being kind of subdued and it was, but they're still proud. And had every right to be.'' - Cardinals rookie manager Mike Matheny on his team's late-night celebration in the clubhouse after clinching a playoff spot when the Dodgers lost to San Francisco.


AL wild-card playoff: Baltimore vs. Oakland/Texas.

NL wild-card playoff: St. Louis at Atlanta.

AL division series: New York vs. wild-card winner; Oakland/Texas at Detroit.

NL division series: Washington vs. St. Louis-Atlanta winner; Cincinnati at San Francisco.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Mets set playoff rotation for NLDS
Farrell returning to Red Sox after scare
Scherzer throws 2nd no-hitter of season
Why Buy Picks From
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
17-4 L21 G-Plays, +2,614 TY
9-2 Record L2 Days
2-0 +300 Last 2, +1,213 TY
+1,442 Guaranteed Plays TY
2-0 Y'day, +1,312 G-Plays TY
7-3 Last 10 MLB Selections
7-2 Last 9 Guaranteed Plays
+1,907 MLB G-Plays TY
5-2, +299 L7 Guarantees
7-1 L7 Days, 12-4 L16 Totals
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks-
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2614
Vince Akins + 1305
Scott Pritchard + 1213
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1048
Dave Cokin + 992
Doc's Sports + 555
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 571
Marc Lawrence + 190
Michael Black + 149
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1907
Vince Akins + 1442
Chip Chirimbes + 1312
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2522
Mark Franco + 1598
Vince Akins + 1546
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 646
Stephen Nover + 633
Chip Chirimbes + 434
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership