BALTIMORE Alex Rodriguez raised his major league-leading RBIs total to 156, Jorge Posada took over from Joe Torre as manager for the day and the New York Yankees prepped for the playoffs by beating the Baltimore Orioles 10-4 on Sunday.
As the wild-card Yankees made plans for their postseason opener Thursday at Cleveland, Posada and second baseman Robinson Cano did not play. Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon were all lifted in the fourth inning.
Chien Ming-Wang and Andy Pettitte will start the first two games for the Yankees against C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona. If his elbow and hamstring are ready, Roger Clemens figures to start Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, with Mike Mussina likely to pitch Game 4.
Rodriguez, heading toward a third AL MVP award, finished with a .314 batting average and 54 home runs, tied with Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle for the fourth-highest season total in franchise history.
"This guy was there when the bell rang," Torre said. "You don't realize it until he came off the field today that that's the end of his season. To have the numbers that he put up there is more than amazing."
TIGERS 13, WHITE SOX 3: At Chicago, Magglio Ordonez won his first AL batting title, getting three more hits Sunday and leading Detroit over Chicago in a season finale between two disappointing teams. The 2006 AL champion Tigers finished 88-74, while the 2005 World Series champion White Sox went 72-90. Ordonez raised his average three points to .363 and easily beat out Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki.
INDIANS 4, ROYALS 2: At Kansas City, Travis Hafner drove in two runs to reach 100 RBIs for the fourth straight year and playoff-bound Cleveland beat Kansas City. The Indians, who won the AL Central, open Game 1 of their division series against the New York Yankees on Thursday.
TWINS 3, RED SOX 2: At Boston, Torii Hunter's RBI double started a three-run first inning and Minnesota held on against the Red Sox backups. Despite the win, the Twins (79-83) are heading home after missing the postseason for just the second time in six years. The Red Sox are heading for a first-round playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Angels, starting Wednesday at Fenway Park.
DEVIL RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 5: At Toronto, Carlos Pena hit his 46th home run, Jason Hammel won for the first time in five starts and Tampa Bay finished up another dismal season. The Devil Rays finished with a 66-96 record, leading the majors in losses for the second straight year.
MARINERS 4, RANGERS 2: At Seattle, Felix Hernandez (14-7) held Texas to four hits in 8 2/3 innings as Seattle closed its up-and-down season on a high note. Hernandez's yielded to all-star closer J.J. Putz with two outs and nobody on in the ninth. Putz earned his career-high 40th save.
ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 2: At Oakland, Calif., Kurt Suzuki blooped a game-winning single to shallow right with one out in the ninth inning, and Oakland ended a five-game skid with a win over AL West champion Los Angeles. Kendry Morales tied the game on a solo homer with one out in the ninth for the Angels, who will open the division series against Boston on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
PHILLIES 6, NATIONALS 1: At Philadelphia, believe it, Philly. The Fightin' Phils are going to the playoffs. Ryan Howard hit his 47th homer, 44-year-old Jamie Moyer pitched 5 1/3 gutsy innings and the Phillies beat Washington 6-1 Sunday to end a 14-year playoff drought. (See D1.)
Tom Gordon, J.C. Romero and Brett Myers finished it off with 3 2/3 scoreless innings.
MARLINS 8, METS 1: At New York, Tom Glavine was tagged for seven runs in the first inning and the Mets completed their horrendous collapse with a season-ending loss to Florida. New York's loss coupled with Philadelphia's win gave the division title to the Phillies and sent the stunned Mets home for the winter wondering how they squandered a seven-game cushion over the final 18 days of an excruciating season.
ROCKIES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3: At Denver, Matt Holliday set up the Rockies' go-ahead, three-run burst in the eighth inning, Manny Corpas held off Arizona's ninth-inning rally and Colorado forced the first tiebreaker for a wild-card spot since 1999. Brad Hawpe drove in three runs as the Rockies won their 13th in 14 games.
BREWERS 11, PADRES 6: At Milwaukee, Brett Tomko had a shaky start, and San Diego failed in their second chance to wrap up the NL wild card. After losing two straight in Milwaukee, the Padres head to Colorado to play the Rockies on Monday night, sending Jake Peavy to the mound against Josh Fogg.
ASTROS 3, BRAVES 0: At Houston, Craig Biggio doubled in his first at-bat and scored in the first inning of his final game for Houston in front of a record crowd at Minute Maid Park. Biggio, who played his entire 20-season career in Houston, became the 27th player to reach 3,000 hits on June 28. He announced his retirement a month later, and will leave as the franchise's all-time leader in games, at-bats, hits, doubles and total bases.
REDS 8, CUBS 4: At Cincinnati, Alfonso Soriano set a Cubs record with his 14th homer in September, and the NL Central champions headed into the playoffs following a loss that amounted to a light workout. After clinching their first division title since 2003 in the series opener, Chicago used the last two games to rest and get ready for the ones that will matter. The Cubs will open the playoffs on Wednesday at Arizona.
GIANTS 11, DODGERS 2: At Los Angeles, Barry Zito allowed two runs in eight innings, light-hitting Omar Vizquel homered, and San Francisco completed their worst season in 11 years by beating Los Angeles. Zito (11-13), who signed a seven-year, $126 million contract last winter, had a disappointing first season with the Giants. But he was on his game in the finale, retiring 18 of the first 20 Los Angeles batters while his teammates built a 9-0 lead.
CARDINALS 6, PIRATES 5: At Pittsburgh, Skip Schumaker went 5-for-5 and drove in two runs and St. Louis won their fifth in a row by beating last-place Pittsburgh. The Cardinals tied a major league record held by two other clubs by using 10 pitchers in a nine-inning game. The combined 18 pitchers was also a record, breaking the record of 16 set on multiple occasions.