WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap
Albany, NY – Well a stunning rally sends the Rays to the postseason, coupled with a blown save that sends the Red Sox packing...
In Baltimore, Boston completed their September collapse in horrific and historic fashion, falling out of the playoff chase by allowing two ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles last night. The Red Sox held a nine-game lead in the American League wild-card race after September 3rd, but a 7-19 swoon left them tied with Tampa Bay entering the final day of the regular season.
Meanwhile, only minutes after this game ended, in Tampa, the Rays clinched the AL Wild Card, rallying from seven runs down in the eighth... Evan Longoria's 12th inning walk-off shot, his second homer of the game, lifted Tampa Bay over the Yankees 8-7.
Over to the NL, where the Braves completed an epic collapse of their own, blowing an eight and a half game lead in the NL wild card over the past three weeks... Hunter Pence's RBI single in the thirteenth gave the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Braves, who surrendered the wild card to the Cardinals following their 8-0 win over Houston.
In Queens, with nothing seemingly to play for but the NL batting title, Mets Jose Reyes pulled himself out of the game following his first inning bunt single, to preserve his .337 batting average. The moves comes 70 years to the day after Red Sox great Ted Williams was confronted by a similar situation, famously telling his manager while pursuing a .400 average, that if he couldn't hit .400 for the whole season, he didn't deserve it.
Well the baseball postseason match-ups are now set. The Rays and Rangers open in Texas tomorrow, as do the Tigers and Yankees in the Bronx. On Saturday, the Diamondbacks and Brewers open in Milwaukee, and the Cardinals and Phillies open in Philadelphia.
In NFL news, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says there's a "100 percent" chance he starts Sunday after badly bruising his hand a week ago.
And in NBA news, owners and players will meet tomorrow and perhaps through the weekend in an effort to end the lockout.
I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.