Storylines: Indians still have a postseason chance, albeit small
- The Cleveland Indians 2014 season is all but over. On Tuesday they were eliminated from clinching the division as the Tigers earned their 87th win against the Chicago White Sox; however, the Indians still have a chance to clinch the second wildcard spot but a lot would have to fall into place for that to be accomplished. They were able to hang on for just a bit longer as they defeated the Royals on Wednesday, 6-4. Trevor Bauer and the bullpen did just enough to edge Jason Vargas and the scrappy offense of the Royals. The Tribe has only three more games remaining as they get ready for the Tampa Bay Rays who come to town on Friday.
- The Detroit Tigers have assured themselves of a playoff berth as they defeated the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon, 6-1.
- The Baltimore Orioles have eliminated the New York Yankees from playoff contention after defeating them on Wednesday, 9-5. This is the second year in a row that the Yankees have missed the postseason.
- The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon, 5-4. It now drops the A’s down to the second wildcard spot.
- Nick Swisher admits to playing with pain in his knees all season long and admits it is what hindered him and led to his struggles throughout the season.
Other News and Notes
- According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, former all-star third basemen Michael Young has bowed out of any consideration of being the manager of the Texas Rangers.
- According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, Cuban second basemen Hector Oliveria has defected. He is ranked 6th among all players that are still playing for the team.
- LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minnesota Star Tribune reports that Trevor Plouffe season has come to an end. The Minnesota Twins third basemen suffered a fractured left forearm in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes could miss his $500,000 incentive payment. The 66 minute rain delay during Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks prevented him from getting the necessary out he needed to reach and complete the incentive. He needed to throw 210 innings and has only thrown 209.2 innings.
- According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, the Colorado Rockies would bring back former Indians rightyRafael Betancourt if he chose to play there again in 2015.
- Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that San Diego Padres righty Tim Stauffer wants to return to a starting role in the MLB. He was moved to the bullpen in 2012.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed righty Chaz Roe off waivers from the New York Yankees. RightyCharlie Morton was placed on the 60-day DL to make room.
- Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Dave Stewart and the Arizona Diamondbacks are closing in on a multi-year deal to make him the new GM.
- The Houston Astros are still without a permanent manager as Tom Lawless is still the interim skipper. Former Tribe manager Manny Acta, A.J. Hinch, Don Wakamatsu and Torey Lovullo are some of the possible candidates. Bo Porter was fired last month.
- According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Pirates are willing to stretch out their payroll to retain free agent catcher Russell Martin.