Giants grab fi­nal spot; matchups set

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

So much for any Game No. 162 chaos: The Giants, Blue Jays and Ori­oles grabbed the last three play­off spots Sun­day, and the Oc­to­ber matchups are set.

Neat and clean, no need for all sorts of tiebreak­ers.

The play­offs open Tues­day night when the Ori­oles face the Blue Jays in Toronto for the AL wild card.

On Wed­nes­day night, aces duel as Madi­son Bum­gar­ner starts for the Giants against Noah Syn­der­gaard and the Mets at Citi Field for the NL wild card.

“We found a way to get back to where we need to be,” Bum­gar­ner said af­ter a 7-1 win fin­ished off a sweep at Dodger Sta­dium. “If we play like we have been the last three days, we’ll be tough to beat.”

On Thurs­day, the best-of-five AL Divi­sion Se­ries be­gins: David Or­tiz and Bos­ton at Cleve­land, and the wild-card win­ner at Texas.

“I guess I wish Or­tiz would con­sider re­tir­ing early,” said In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona.

On Fri­day night, Clay­ton Ker­shaw starts Game 1 for the Los An­ge­les Dodgers at Wash­ing­ton, and the NL wild card plays the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Go­ing into Game 162, the Tigers and Car­di­nals also had a chance to reach the post­sea­son but it wasn’t to be.

The Tigers lost to the Braves 1-0 and the Car­di­nals were elim­i­nated when the Giants de­feated the Dodgers 7-1.

Be­fore Sun­day, there was the pos­si­bil­ity of mul­ti­ple-team, mul­ti­ple-city tiebreak­ers.

“I would not have en­joyed the travel,” Tigers man­ager Brad Aus­mus said, “but I would have rel­ished trav­el­ing.”

With All-Star catcher Buster Posey driv­ing in three runs, the Giants fin­ished off the Dodgers and elim­i­nated the Car­di­nals.

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