AROUND THE BASES
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MLB: New York Yankees RHP Mariano Rivera (above)
There wasn't a dry eye in the house -- including Rivera's -- Thursday night at Yankee Stadium when he made his final appearance for New York fans. The idea to have longtime teammates and friends Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter remove him from the game was genius. Suffice it to say we may never see another like Rivera.
BREWERS: RHP Kyle Lohse
Lohse's final start of his first season with the Brewers was his best. Wednesday night in Atlanta, he pitched a complete-game, two-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the Braves, needing only 89 pitches to record the 27 outs. The 11-10 record will never indicate how well Lohse pitched in 2013.
The playoffs get started in the major leagues with the one-game wild-card crapshoot in both leagues. Division winners St. Louis, Los Angeles and Atlanta in the National League, and Detroit, Boston and Oakland in the American League, avoid that fate.
BREWERS THIS WEEK
The Brewers finish their disappointing season with a Sunday afternoon game in New York against the Mets. The consolation has been that they have played hard until the end, winning more games with younger players than would have been expected.
DID YOU KNOW?
Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez this season joined Carlos Beltran, Andre Dawson, Willie Mays, Vada Pinson and Andy Van Slyke as the only major-league centerfielders to accumulate at least 20 doubles, 10 triples, 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases.
YOU FIGURE IT OUT
Kansas City missed the playoffs for the 28th consecutive season, the longest drought among all teams in Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA and NHL. They haven't even finished second in their division since 1995.
The good news for the Royals is that they have their most wins since 1993 and only their second winning season since that year. Having made that progress, general manager Dayton Moore has indicated he wants to retain Ned Yost as manager.
"Ned has done a terrific job and I definitely want him back," Moore said.
Yost's contract with the Royals is up, but he also expressed a strong desire to return and complete the job of getting the club to the playoffs. One interesting note is that Moore's contract expires after the 2014 season, and managers seldom are extended beyond the GM's tenure.
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