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Marlins 6, Mets 4
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The Aftermath: Wow, the sequel to this horror flick is just as putrid as the original! Facing a must-win, Johan Santana gets the start today on short rest. Still, the picture is not pretty.
Comment: Not long after the Mets' creaky bullpen barely a tussle with the Washington Nationals last week, I shared an elevator after the game with New York GM Omar Minaya. He looked as if he had just walked through a car wash - and that was after a win. I can only imagine what he looked like after Friday's debacle.

Brewers 5, Cubs 1
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The Aftermath: Milwaukee regained a one-game lead in the wild card race. Ben Sheets goes today, with the Brewers magic number down to two. The win officially ended the Astros' run.
Comment: Rickie Weeks, who lost his job to Ray Durham, hit a three-run jack. Jeff Suppan, despite a 10.47 ERA in September, kept Chicago at bay for five innings. Also, give it up for Seth McClung, who went all Rollie Fingers on the Cubbies with four innings of one-hit relief.

Phillies 8, Nats 4
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The Aftermath: Philadelphia put itself in position to end the NL East race, cutting its magic number down to one. Gotta like their chances against the hapless locals.
Comment: When the Phillies traded for Joe Blanton in July, I questioned the move. Good innings eater? Sure. Impact player? Didn't think so. But Blanton has made a huge difference for the Phillies, raising his game in time for the stretch run. Blanton improved to 3-0 with a 3.91 ERA in his last four starts. Philadelphia is 4-0 in those games.

Indians 11, White Sox 8

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The Aftermath: Chicago dodged a bullet because the Twins lost too. So with three games left (counting Monday's potential make-up game with Detroit) the Sox stay a 1/2 game back of the Twins.
Comment: Taking a page from the Baltimore Orioles' playbook, Chicago allowed a run on a bases loaded walk and another on a wild pitch. And predictably, the always-combustible Ozzie Guillen ripped his team's pitching staff after the loss, Chicago's fourth straight.

Royals 8, Twins 1
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The Aftermath: Even with the loss, Minnesota kept its 1/2 game lead in the AL Central thanks to a White Sox loss. The Twins have two games left to play.
Comment: Francisco Liriano took a beating from the Royals, and the Twins suffered a letdown after the theatrics with the White Sox on Thursday. But I wouldn't be too worried if I were a Twins fan. We've seen over the years how difficult it is for opposing teams to win ballgames that count in the Metrodome.

Yankees 19, Red Sox 8

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The Aftermath: Boston's late-night loss to New York allowed the Tampa Bay Rays to finally capture the AL East title; the Nation settles for a wild card meeting with L.A.
Comment: No silly little Nor'easter was going to keep this one from getting played, much to the delight of the Rays, who were deprived of a grand on-field celebration for their first-ever division title. Also, because Tampa Bay lost again to Detroit, 6-4, the Los Angeles Angels claimed home field throughout, which only makes sense because it feels like they clinched about two months ago.

By Marc Carig  |  September 27, 2008; 5:30 AM ET
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Joe Blanton can succeed in the NL the way Jeff Suppan could for years. The way CC and Harden dominate. The way Moyer is an all star. The way Manny should be MVP. They way the Blue Jays would have been the second best team in the NL. The way three of the 4 teams in the NL West would not have won the International League pennant.

Posted by: I'm so bored with the NL | September 27, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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