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Added September 29th, 2010 by Chalk

Devil Rays, Yankees Clinch Playoff Spots
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Six of MLB’s eight playoff spots are now set as three more teams clinched spots with wins on Tuesday night. The Cincinnati Reds clinched the NL Central with a walkoff win, while the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and New York Yankees clinched playoff spots but still both have a chance to win the AL East. The Red Sox, Cardinals and Rockies were all eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday, leaving the Giants, Braves and Padres competing for the last two playoff spots.  The Giants and Braves won on Tuesday, while the Padres lost at home to the Cubs for the second straight night.

The Devil Rays, making their second postseason appearance in three years, still have the inside track on winning the AL East and having home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs. While Tampa Bay technically has just a half-game lead over the Yankees, it’s really more like a game and a half because the Devil Rays win the division if the two teams finish with the same record by virtue of winning the season series 10-8.

In the American League, the four playoff teams are set, but the matchups are not. The AL East champion will start the Division Series at home against the Texas Rangers, while the Wild Card will start the ALDS on the road against the Minnesota Twins.

Here’s the remaining schedule for the Devil Rays, Yankees, and Twins — who all still have a shot at the #1 seed in the AL:

Tampa Bay Devil Rays (94-63) CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT 5 games left (1H/4A) vs. BAL, @KC

  • Magic Number To Clinch Best Record in AL: 4 (hold tiebreaker w/ Twins)
  • Magic Number To Clinch AL East: 4 (hold tiebreaker w/ Yankees)
  • New York Yankees (93-64) CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT 4 games left (4A): 1@Tor, 3@Bos

    Minnesota Twins (92-65) CLINCHED AL CENTRAL AND HOME-FIELD FOR ALDS 6 games left (4H/1A): @KC, vs. TO

    Texas Rangers (87-70) CLINCHED AL WEST, #3 SEED IN AL

    In the National League, the Phillies could host the Reds, Giants or Padres in the first round, while the Reds could face the Braves, Giants or Padres at home, or the Giants or Padres on the road. The Giants currently have a two-game lead in the NL West, so at worst the Giants will be even with the Padres when San Diego starts their final series in San Francisco. Because the Padres and Giants play each other the final three games of the regular season, the Braves have the inside track on clinching the NL Wild Card.

    Here’s what remains on the schedule in the National League:


San Francisco Giants (89-68) 5 games left (5H): 2vs.ARZ, 3vs.SD

  • Magic Number To Clinch NL West, #2 Seed in NL and home-field advantage in NLDS: 4
  • Magic Number To Clinch Playoff Spot: 4

Cincinnati Reds (88-69) CLINCHED NL CENTRAL, COULD BE #2 or #3 SEED IN NL 5 games left (5H): 2vs.HOU, 3vs.MIL

Atlanta Braves (89-69) 4 games left (4H): 1vs.FLA, 3vs.PHI

  • Magic Number To Clinch Playoffs: 3 (because the Giants and Padres play 3 games, the 2nd-place team in the NL West is guaranteed 71 losses

San Diego Padres (87-70) 5 games left (2H/3A): vs. CUBS, @SF

  • Playoff Elimination Number: 4

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