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Baseball: Twins, Padres, Cardinals Win Division Titles


Baseball's playoff schedule is now set, after the final day of the major-league season produced division titles for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals.

The Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York's Mets and Yankees will fill out the brackets for the American League and National League playoffs, which begin Tuesday.

The Mets and Yankees finished the season tied for the best record in the majors, 97 wins against 65 losses, the first time in 50 years that New York teams have topped both leagues.

The Twins edged the Tigers for the American League Central division title by defeating the Chicago White Sox, 5-1, as the Tigers lost to Kansas City. Detroit blew a six-run lead and dropped a 10-8 decision to the Royals in 12 innings.

Minnesota will host the Western American League champion Oakland Athletics in the first-round of the playoffs, a best-of-five games series. The Tigers earned the American League wild-card playoff spot, and will travel to New York Tuesday to play the Yankees, the East division champs.

The San Diego Padres won the National League West by edging the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6. The Padres will host the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs, also on Tuesday.

The Cardinals lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-3, but still won the Central division when the second-place Houston Astros dropped a 3-1 decision to the Atlanta Braves.

The Los Angeles Dodgers earned the National League wild-card berth, and will face the East champion New York Mets in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants Sunday, 4-3. The Mets downed the Washington Nationals, 6-2.

In other National League games, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds, 1-0. The Chicago Cubs got by the Colorado Rockies, 8-5, and the Florida Marlins eked out a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the American League, the Oakland Athletics got by the Los Angeles Angels, 11-10, in 10 innings. The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees, 7-5. The Boston Red Sox eclipsed the Baltimore Orioles, 9-0. The Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6-3, and the Seattle Mariners edged the Texas Rangers, 3-2.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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