September 28th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

Phillies own NL East, again; Yanks and Rays look to clinch

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate their fourth straight NL East title.

While four other teams failed to clinch either a division title or a playoff spot Monday night, Philadelphia delivered, writes's Joe Lemire. The Phillies won their fourth consecutive East crown as they beat the Nationals 8-0 behind the strength of ace Roy Halladay's 21st win of the season.

But while the NL East is wrapped up, three divisions and both wild cards remain undecided as the final week of the MLB season ticks away. Baseball's hunt for October leads Tuesday's sports schedule, while soccer and tennis are also on the docket.

Here are a look at the day's key baseball races, all times Eastern.

Yankees at Blue Jays (7:07 p.m., MY9, SNET) The Yankees and Rays are both one win away from clinching postseason berths, while the Red Sox need a win and a Bronx Bombers' loss to keep their own hopes alive.

Orioles at Rays (7:10 p.m., MASN, Sun Sports)

Red Sox at White Sox (8:10 p.m., NESN, CSN)

Marlins at Braves (7:10 p.m., FS-F, SPSO)

Cubs at Padres (10:05 p.m., WGN, 4 San Diego)

Diamondbacks at Giants (10:15 p.m., FS-A, CSN-BA).

Here's the gist: the Braves lead the Padres by a half-game in the NL wild-card race, while the Giants lead San Diego by a full game for the NL West lead. The Giants and Padres will hook up this weekend for a key series and while nothing will be decided Tuesday, San Diego is in danger of putting itself even further behind.

By The Numbers

26 - Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker George Blanda spent 10 seasons with the Bears, seven with the Oilers and nine with the Raiders. He died Monday at 83.

12 - The Washington Wizards opened training camp at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, drawing 4,000 fans at the Patriot Center on the George Mason University campus. They are the first NBA team to open camp with a college-style Midnight Madness.

3-0 - The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2006 as they beat the Packers 20-17.'s Don Banks says Chicago is the most unlikely team to be perfect in the NFC.

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Cole

    I don't think the 4th place Jays are on the verging of clinching anything. I believe the team meant to be in the headline is the "Rays"

    September 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff faul

      Thanks for spotting that. Can you believe these idiots ? Now the world series becomes football
      and Tampa moves to Canada . Is marijuana legal in Atlanta ? Jeff in Toronto

      September 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lee

    NFL East eh? Good one, CNN,

    September 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      You know, the NFL East? If it comes from CNN it HAS to be true!

      September 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob


    September 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sean

    Didnt know the blue jays were in top of the divison? 😛

    September 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EDDIE


    September 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    Who's editing this site? Unbelieveable! Kinda funny though

    September 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shrek

    As always, the Rays get no respect. Poor attendance, now CNN can't even remember who they are. Would probably draw better crowds in Toronto.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Thanks from Loyal Fan

    As a loyal Toronto fan, we usually say "Season over" in June. That was a little pathetic bit of hope you provided that we are in any position to clinch....instead of just clinching a golf club

    September 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jay

    EPIC FAIL on the headline for this article.

    September 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jay

    NFL East (NL East) Jays (Rays)...nice job CNN, way to care about what you put out there! Lol

    September 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. geech

    nice job phils!!! they poured it on last night

    September 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bobby Cox

    Good thing though, Great playing Phillies. I'd hate to have to face the yanks agian and lose another world series. My Braves seem to choke the big ones. No matter. I'm retiring soon and about time.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George Steinbrenner

    Oh yeah Bobby? Well I'm six feet under right now and even in my grave I can see the Yankees suck cause the only reliable pitcher they have is CC! Thank goodness I am dead, I couldn't bare the sight of seeing a clearly superior team like the Phillies beat my beloved Yankees, who will be lucky to just make it to the world series!

    September 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fatiha

    This does sound so good! It's tackling two real isuses and I think it's going be done in a heartfelt manner. Makes me want to read contemp!

    July 14, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |