[QODLink]
Archive
A's into Major League playoffs
The Oakland Athletics became the third team into the 2006 Major League Baseball playoffs after a 12-3 win over the Mariners in Seattle on Tuesday.
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2006 08:12 GMT
Oakland pitcher Rich Harden sends his team to the playoffs
The Oakland Athletics became the third team into the 2006 Major League Baseball playoffs after a 12-3 win over the Mariners in Seattle on Tuesday.

The A's clinched the American League West division title and secured a spot in the post-season with their big win after fellow contenders for the west the Los Angeles Angels went down 5-2 to the Texas Rangers.

 

Oakland's Milton Bradley hit a three-run homer in a four-run second innings as the A's snapped a three-game losing streak and wrapped up their 14th division crown - the third most division titles in the major leagues behind the Atlanta Braves (16) and the New York Yankees (15).

 

Starting pitcher Rich Harden allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings, with the Athletics winning eight from eight in games started by the right-hander this season.

 

For the Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki was not in the lineup, ending his club-record streak of 396 consecutive games played.

 

The A's join the Yankees and the New York Mets in the playoffs with the race for the final five places hotting up.

 

In the American League Central, the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins both had narrow victories over the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals respectively, with the Tigers holding a one-win break over the Twins at the top of the division with five matches remaining.

 

Both the Tigers and the Twins will play in the post-season - one as American League Central division winners and one as the American League wildcard team.

 

National League spots up for grabs

 

In the National League Central division, the Houston Astros' 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates allowed them to close in on current division leaders, the St Louis Cardinals.

 

The Astros are now just 1.5 wins behind the Cardinals who have lost their past seven straight games in contrast to Houston's past seven straight wins in what should be a great finish to the NL Central race with the Cincinnati Reds also in contention 2.5 wins behind.

 

The National League West division is down to a two-horse race with the San Diego Padres Leading the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games after the Dodgers destroyed the Colorado Rockies 11-4.

 

The Padres finish their season with a four match series away to the Arizona Diamondbacks, while the Dodgers have two more matches in Colorado, and then three matches in San Francisco against the Giants.

Source:
Aljazeera + Agencies
Topics in this article
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.