American League Game Capsules
(Sunday, September 28)
Final Score: New York 9, Boston 5
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Jeter singled in a run during his final at-bat in a big league uniform and the Yankees sent the future Hall of Fame shortstop into retirement with a 9-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park. Jeter was honored by the Red Sox prior to the game and was in the lineup as the designated hitter in his customary No. 2 slot in the batting order. He hit a stinging line drive off Boston starter Clay Buchholz in the first inning, but it was right at shortstop Jemile Weeks. In the third inning, with a runner on third, Jeter hit a chopper off the plate toward third base and legged out the infield single to chase home Ichiro Suzuki, part of a four- run inning that gave the Yankees a lead they would not relinquish. Yankees manager Joe Girardi motioned toward Jeter at first to see if he wanted to exit and the Yankees captain trotted off the field for the last time. He motioned toward the Red Sox bench, then shook hands with Buchholz as he headed toward the dugout and received nothing but cheers from the Fenway faithful. Jeter finished his brilliant 20-year career with 3,465 hits -- sixth on the all-time list. A 14-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he will finish his career a .310 lifetime hitter in 2,747 games. Suzuki, likely in his final game with the Yankees, knocked in two runs and Jose Pirela also drove in two during a five-run seventh for New York (84-78). The Yankees won two of the last three in the weekend set and finished second in the American League East. Mookie Betts and Dan Butler each drove in two runs during a five-run seventh for Boston (71-91), which followed up a 2013 World Series championship by finishing last in the AL East for the second time in three seasons.
Final Score: Detroit 3, Minnesota 0
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - David Price showed why he was so coveted at the trade deadline, leading the Detroit Tigers to their fourth consecutive AL Central title with a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Price (15-12) tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings, limiting the Twins to just four hits while striking out eight to register the third 15-win season of his career. Detroit (90-72), which entered the day a game ahead of Kansas City, took the division crown in manager Brad Ausmus' inaugural season at the helm. Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI and Torii Hunter knocked in a run for the Tigers, who will face Baltimore in the ALDS starting Thursday. Kyle Gibson (13-12) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings for Minnesota (70-92), which split the four-game, season-ending series with Detroit.
Final Score: Oakland 4, Texas 0
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Sonny Gray tossed a shutout to help the Oakland Athletics clinch the American League's final wild card spot with a 4-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Gray (14-10) allowed just six hits with five strikeouts to earn the win and snap a string of three straight losing decisions. Jed Lowrie hit a two-run single and Josh Reddick finished with two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Oakland (88-74), which will travel to Kansas City for a one-game playoff on Tuesday. Elvis Andrus had two hits for the Rangers (67-95), who lost two of its final three games. Nick Martinez (5-12) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in defeat.
Final Score: Seattle 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Saunders drove in two runs as Seattle downed the LA Angels of Anaheim, 4-1, to end the season in a bittersweet victory. The Mariners (87-75) came into the game needing a win and an Oakland loss to force a one-game playoff for the final wild card spot in the American League. Oakland, though, defeated Texas while Seattle was playing to lock up the final playoff spot up for grabs in the majors. Mike Zunino also drove in a pair of runs for the Mariners, who finished the season with four straight wins. Felix Hernandez (15-6) allowed just one hit with sriking out seven over 5 1/3 innings. The Angels (98-64) won the AL West and finished with the best record in the majors. They will play the winner of the Oakland/Kansas City wild card game in the division series starting on Friday. Colby Rasmus (3-2) was limited to just three-plus innings in the start, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk for the Angels, who lost five of their final seven games.
Final Score: Kansas City 6, Chicago 4
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Peguero's RBI single capped a three- run sixth inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals over Chicago, 6-4, in the final game for retiring White Sox captain Paul Konerko. The Royals, who had already secured their first playoff berth since 1985, entered Sunday's action a game behind Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers, however, beat the Twins to win the division. Kansas City (89-73) will host Oakland in the AL wild card game on Tuesday night. The A's beat the Rangers on Sunday. Konerko went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on the final day of his 18-year big league career. He started the game by taking his familiar post at first base, then paid tribute to his wife and three children by writing their names in the infield dirt behind the bag. The slugger played five innings on Sunday. The 38-year-old Konerko, who made six trips to the All-Star Game, played his final 16 seasons with the White Sox. He finished his career with a .279 average, 439 homers and 1,412 RBI. Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out six over four innings. Casey Coleman (1-0) tossed a scoreless fifth to pick up the win. Chris Bassitt got the start for Chicago and gave up three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over five-plus innings. Daniel Webb (6-5) took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in the sixth. The White Sox (73-89) finished fourth in the AL Central.
Final Score: Cleveland 7, Tampa Bay 2
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Walters and David Murphy each went 2- for-4 with a home run to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 season-ending win over the Tampa Bay Rays from Progressive Field. Walters added a run-scoring double and Jose Ramirez finished with three hits and an RBI for Cleveland (85-77), which broke out with 14 hits as a team after mustering just one run over the series' first two games. T.J. House (5-3) aided the Indians' cause by holding Tampa Bay to a run on five hits over the first five innings. Alex Cobb (10-9) wrapped up the Rays' disappointing 2014 campaign with a subpar start, with the right-hander shelled for 10 hits and four runs in six innings of work. Sean Rodriguez paced Tampa Bay (77-85), which closed out its first losing season since 2007, by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Final Score: Baltimore 1, Toronto 0
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Schoop's solo home run was all Baltimore needed, as the Orioles will carry momentum into the postseason following a 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The AL East champion Orioles, who already secured the second-best record in the American League, avoided a four-game losing skid to finish the regular season. Schoop's homer was the 16th of his first full major league season. Miguel Gonzalez (10-9) gave up five hits in five innings in his final tune-up before the postseason. The right-hander is expected to start Game 2 or 3 of the ALDS. Baltimore (96-66) will host AL Central winner Detroit in the ALDS, with Game 1 set for Thursday at Camden Yards. Ubaldo Jimenez struck out the side in an inning of relief as five Baltimore relievers allowed just one hit over the final four innings. Zach Britton nailed down his 37th save of the season, pitching around a leadoff single in the ninth. R.A. Dickey (14-13) took the tough-luck loss after giving up a run on two hits in six innings of work. The knuckleballer had won his last five decisions and failed to reach 15 wins for the second time in his career with the setback. The Blue Jays (83-79) finished the season in third place in the AL East. They haven't finished in second or higher since 2006.
Final Score: NY Mets 8, Houston 3
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Lucas Duda hit a two-run home run and drove in four as the New York Mets closed out the season with an 8-3 win over the Houston Astros. Ruben Tejada also hit a two-run home run while Daniel Murphy scored twice for the Mets (79-83), who won their final two games of the season. Bartolo Colon (15-13) allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings to get the win. Max Stassi drove in two runs for the Astros (70-92), who lost five of six to end the season. Nick Tropeano (1-3) allowed four runs on six hits over five innings.
09/28 19:27:07 ET