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Mark Saxon @markasaxon

Clayton Kershaw thinks Zack Greinke should win the Cy Young: "Best numbers. Lowest ERA, lowest WHIP. I mean, what else do you want?"

David Schoenfield @dschoenfield

Sunday in a tweet: Hamels great, Royals top seed, Pirates host Cubs, Yankees get Keuchel at home, Ichiro pitches, thank you, Buehrle.

Katie Strang 

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admits it's been difficult year. Players have been grinding it out since September. Everyone now looking forward to rest and recharge. Team upbeat about future. "We're not rebuilding. We're not building from scratch."

Katie Strang 

It was not a somber scene in Tigers room. Seemed to be some palpable relief about putting disappointing season in rear-view mirror. Said Ian Kinsler: "It'll be pretty easy to flush, honestly."

Rangers clinch AL West behind Hamels

Cole Hamels tossed a three-hitter and Adrian Beltre knocked in three runs to guide the Rangers to the division crown with a 9-2 win that eliminated the Angels from playoff contention.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

David Wright discusses the challenge of opposing Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in the division series beginning Friday at Dodger Stadium.


Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

Cole Hamels may have won a World Series MVP award. But one thing he'd never done before today was win a regular season clincher. Did pitch the 2007 game that put the Phillies in first place for the first time, in Game 160. But they didn't clinch that day.

Kershaw second-fastest to 300 K's

Clayton Kershaw needed 232.2 innings to reach 300 strikeouts this season. The only pitcher in MLB history who needed fewer innings was Pedro Martinez in 1999 (213.1 innings).


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom discusses his advances during his first two seasons in the majors, culminating with a Game 1 start in the division series against the Dodgers.


Astros fall, Yankees to host wild card

The Astros clinched a wild-card spot with the Angels loss, but they fell to the Diamondbacks in their season finale, which means they will travel to the Bronx to visit the Yankees in the AL wild-card game. Box score

Royals clinch AL's best record

Salvador Perez launched a two-run homer, Johnny Cueto allowed one run over five innings and the Royals captured their 95th victory of the season with a 6-1 win over the Twins. Box score


Jim Caple Senior Writer, 

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon after Mariners finish season 76-86: "This club is in a much better position than when I first took over."

Ichiro makes pitching debut

In the final game of the season, Ichiro Suzuki got to take the mound for the first time in his 15-year MLB career. He allowed one run on two hits against the Phillies.


Pirates to host NL wild-card game

Pedro Alvarez homered in Pittsburgh's shutout victory over Cincinnati, giving the Pirates home-field advantage in Wednesday's NL wild-card game against the Cubs. Box score


Jonah Keri @jonahkeri

The Mets, Cubs, Jays, Rangers, and Astros are all in the playoffs, just as everyone predicted.

Hamels' gem clinches AL West for Rangers

Cole Hamels allowed three hits and struck out eight in a complete game to lift Texas to the AL West crown with a 9-2 victory. With the loss, the Angels are eliminated from the postseason. Box score