Yankees will not play in postseason
The Indians’ 7-2 win over the White Sox officially eliminated the Yankees, who will not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Seattle Times news services
NEW YORK — The final blow to this atypical Yankees season — mathematical elimination from making the playoffs — occurred Wednesday night. And no matter how inevitable this was, it was still a strange feeling at Yankee Stadium.
The Indians’ 7-2 win over the White Sox officially eliminated the Yankees, who will not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2008 and only the second time since 1995. The Indians’ game ended as the Yankees were batting in the eighth inning, rendering their 8-3 loss to the Rays irrelevant.
MINNEAPOLIS — Max Scherzer earned his 21st win and the Detroit Tigers clinched their third straight AL Central title, beating the Minnesota Twins 1-0.
Torii Hunter’s single followed a leadoff triple by Austin Jackson in the first inning, and that was all Scherzer (21-3) and manager Jim Leyland’s Tigers needed to start the party.
A few dozen Tigers fans in attendance at Target Field cheered from their seats while Miguel Cabrera and his teammates mobbed closer Joaquin Benoit in front of the mound after he struck out Josh Willingham to end the game. The celebration picked up even more in the clubhouse.
• The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 to clinch a tie for their first NL Central title since 2009.
• Detroit will reinstate infielder Jhonny Peralta from his drug suspension this weekend. The Tigers have not decided whether Peralta will be on the postseason roster.
• Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the Boston Red Sox lineup after a 16-game absence because of a fractured right foot.