September 29th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

MLB playoff clinchers, a $54k Cowboys payback dinner

The MLB postseason is beginning to take shape following a night of playoff clinchers.

Tuesday evening began with the Tampa Bay Rays and David Price locking up a spot in the AL by shutting out the Baltimore Orioles. Then, the New York Yankees secured a berth of their own by downing the Toronto Blue Jays. And finally, in the most climactic clincher of the night, the Cincinnati Reds won the NL Central in style off Jay Bruce's walk-off shot in the bottom of the 9th.

Only two playoff spots remain up for grabs: the winner of the NL West and the NL wild card. The San Francisco Giants hold a two-game advantage in the West, while the Atlanta Braves hold a slim 1 1/2 game lead in the WC. With baseball's grueling regular season coming to a close on Oct. 3, SI.com’s Joe Lemire breaks down the final week and the races that remain undecided.

Here are the games to watch on Wednesday (all times Eastern):

Florida Marlins at Atlanta Braves (4:35 p.m. ESPN, SPSO, FS-F) The Braves have a chance to extend their wild card lead when they send Derek Lowe to the mound against the Marlins, who hope to play the role of playoff spoilers against their division foes.

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants (10:35 p.m. ESPN, FS-A, CSN-BA) The G-Men look to put some more distance between them and the Padres in the second of a three-game homestand against the D-Backs.

By The Numbers

$54,896 – The tab following a steakhouse dinner attended by several Dallas Cowboys players Monday night. Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant footed the bill as payback for refusing to carry teammate Roy Williams’ pads during training camp.

21 – Wins this season by pitcher C.C. Sabathia, who helped the New York Yankees clinch their 15th postseason berth in 16 seasons on Tuesday.

15 – Age of former Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet, who died Tuesday after a fatal fall in his paddock.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Bizprof

    Even if all 53 players went out to dinner-that's over $1000 per player in a Steakhouse? Simply not possible even if they all had expensive champagne and drank all night (which they don't do during the season). So what gives? I want to see the receipt or this story is just a fable for bad behavior.

    September 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    I agree "The Fix is In"

    September 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Game James

    They ordered high priced items in multiples. $9000 bottle of wine. Lobsters galore. Pappas Bros is the eatery. Wow and after just one win. And they are all unified to complain about money and the CBA. But its all Obama's fault, right?

    September 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    Maybe Dez is a big tipper

    September 29, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BatLady

    Roy Williams is a Great Football Player but it had to be more to it then Dez Bryant not carrying his Pads. And where did they come up with that figure? It had to be a Big Tip. Why would he have to take anyone out to Dinner. Thats the
    Problem right there, some of these Players Think their Gods and their not and I am Starting not to Like Football anymore.
    Some break the Law and get away with because their needed to win Games, and cause they have Money or say I am being Pick on cause I am BLACK.

    September 30, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. tomcat

    I am sure Dez is wooried his sooners will lose to Roys HORNS this week! HOOK EM!

    September 30, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dave Gauss

    It would have been nice to read that these wealthy NFL players made this rookie give someone a $55,000 job in this tough economic climate

    September 30, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |