News and Notes: September 30, 2013

Nick Swisher after his champaign shower - Hannah Foslien

Yesterday was the end of the regular season. The Indians are not done playing baseball.

First of all, here's how yesterday's game ended:


Yeah, you can watch that a couple times.

The Cleveland Indians cap an amazing September with a playoff-clinching victory in Game 162 - Let's Go Tribe

Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out 13 as Cleveland Indians claim wild-card spot with 5-1 win over Twins | cleveland.com

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins - September 29, 2013 | MLB.com Wrap

The players took time out after the game to thank the fans:

Indians News

Indians tab pitcher Danny Salazar for Wild Card Game start | indians.com: News

It has been an amazing ride for Salazar. He started the season in AA, and now he'll be starting a playoff game.

"This is awesome," Salazar said quietly. "The team has trust in me. I'm just going to do my best there. This is just a little bit of what's going to happen. This is the beginning of a new era. This was the last game of the season and now we've got to keep going until the end."

Chris Perez speaks, believes he can still help Cleveland Indians this year | cleveland.com

Perez speaks!

Indians Wild Card game at Progressive Field sold out | cleveland.com

That didn't take long.


Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo take a look at how this year's team was built.

MLB News

Rays vs. Blue Jays, game 162 recap: Rays win epic - DRaysBay

91-71 - Rangers Clinch...Another Regular Season Game! - Lone Star Ball

Because both the Rays and the Rangers won yesterday, they'll play a tiebreaker game tonight to determine the second Wild Card team. The game will begin at 8:00 on TBS.

Eric Wedge: I wouldn’t take five-year contract extension from Mariners | Mariners blog | Seattle Times

I gather that there was some difference in opinion between Wedge and Jack Zduriencik. Oh wait, he said there was:

"It’s where they see the club," he said. "They being Howard (Lincoln), Chuck (Armstrong) and Jack (Zduriencik). And where I see the club and my vision for the future and theirs, it’s just different. And that’s about as plain as I can make it."

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