The last day of Major League Baseball's regular season turned out to be one of its newsiest and most dramatic. Here are some of the top stories from the day:
Update: • Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera became baseball's first triple crown winner (batting average, home runs and runs batted in) since 1967. Cabrera locked up the home run (44) and RBI (139) titles early in the day Wednesday as Texas' Josh Hamilton failed to produce either in the Rangers' loss to Oakland. Cabrera's batting title race against Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout hinged on both men's performances in their respective games later Wednesday. Detroit manager Jim Leyland pulled Cabrera from the lineup after he went 0 for 2, leaving him with a .330 season average, and Trout got two hits in three at-bats to finish the season at .326, according to mlb.com.
Update: • The American League East race between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees came down to the final game. The Yankees could clinch with a win or a Baltimore loss, but a Yankee loss combined with a Baltimore win would force a one-game playoff to be played Thursday. However, the Orioles lost 4-1 to Tampa Bay behind Evan Longoria's three home runs, making the Yankees' outcome moot. The Yankees crushed the Boston Red Sox 14-2 in New York.
• The Oakland A's captured the American League West by completing a sweep of the Texas Rangers, whom they'd been chasing all season.
• The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East, bringing postseason baseball to D.C. for the first time since the 1930s.
• The Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones singled in his only at-bat in the final regular-season game of his 19-year career. In the same game, Atlanta pitcher Ben Sheets struck out two batters in his one inning pitched as he also concludes his career.
• The Houston Astros set a club record with their 107th loss in the team's final game as a member of the National League. The Astros will shift to the American League West next season.
• The Philadelphia Phillies fired bench coach Pete Mackanin, hitting coach Greg Gross and fired first-base coach Sam Perlozzo. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs determined the cause of their 101-loss season and fired third-base coach Pat Listach.
• After more than 500 tries, Teddy Roosevelt finally won the mascot race at Washington's Nationals Park.