A night for crying in Miami, a night for celebrating in Cleveland

2:29 AM ET

Excuse me while I grab a Kleenex. I believe I have something in my eye.

1. There is crying in baseball. No words, just some videos and pictures, as the Marlins beat the Mets 7-3 on an emotional night in Miami:

2. Indians clinch first division title since 2007. Of course they beat the second-place Tigers to do it, and they improved to an incredible 14-2 against Detroit. Nervous news, however: Corey Kluber left after four innings with a right groin strain. Let’s hope for the best, otherwise the Indians might have to pull Gaylord Perry and Bert Blyleven out of retirement to start in the playoffs. Here’s my take on how the Indians did this without Michael Brantley and after another slow start to the season.

3. Mariners send Astros to the brink of elimination. In a must-win series for both teams, the Mariners remained two games behind the Orioles (tied with the Tigers), as they beat the Astros 4-3 in extra innings after blowing a 3-1 lead in the ninth. Robinson Cano‘s second home run was the go-ahead blast and his 35th homer of the season. The Astros had runners on first and third with one out in the ninth after tying it but couldn’t score the winning run. They also had two on with one out in the 11th and couldn’t score. Now 3 1/2 back, they’re just about finished. The Mariners have now allowed three or fewer runs in 16 of their past 18 games. Can the team with the longest postseason drought somehow find a way to a wild card?

4. Yankees beat Blue Jays in testy affair. I couldn’t watch this one — Yankees games are blacked out where I live, and I don’t get the YES Network on my cable affiliate, not that I’m unhappy about that or anything — but apparently there were some pitches thrown at batters and benches emptying and all that fun stuff (click here for highlights!), all before the Yankees scored five runs in the ninth to win 7-5. The main takeaway: Jason Grilli, who is supposed to be the team’s main setup guy in front of Roberto Osuna, has now had two major meltdowns against the Yankees this month (four runs both times). I guess the good news is he won’t be facing the Yankees in the postseason. Boston’s magic number for the AL East dropped to one, and Toronto’s lead over Baltimore also dropped to one. For those of you rooting for chaos, there’s still hope for a four-way tie for two wild cards.

5. Cardinals forget to show up for a baseball game. The Reds pounded out 22 hits in a 15-2 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis. One of the odd stats of this season: The Cardinals are 33-42 at home. I hear they’ve reached out to Bob Gibson and John Tudor about starting later this week. Surely, Mike Matheny can’t throw Jaime Garcia out there again, can he?

I’ll admit: I had to look Selsky up. He’s a 27-year-old with fewer than 40 at-bats and a 33rd-round pick from the University of Arizona in 2011. He hit .280 with nine home runs at Louisville. A classic September call-up, he is an organizational player getting some big league time. I hear the Mets and Giants are big fans of his.


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