And that’s because the Rangers defeated the Yankees 6-1 Friday night to clinch their first trip to the Fall Classic.
Beer nuts: As the series shifts to Philadelphia, one can’t help but like the Phillies’ odds with Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels set to pitch the next two games. Oswalt says he’s ready following Wednesday’s failed relief appearance. He’ll look to improve to 11-0 at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils have had five looks at the Giants’ offense and it’s finally starting to look like the Phillies have figured them out. The Giants were a formidable road team this season, but will it be enough to stop the Phils, who were 52-29 at home? … Meanwhile, no news on Roy Halladay's status for Game 7.
Winter league update: If you’re looking to kill time, the Dominican Winter League starts today. Rosters have finally been posted and it’s littered with past and present Phillies. Right-handed reliever Ebelin Lugo, lefty reliever Derrick Loop, veteran first baseman Andy Tracy, veteran outfielder Timo Perez, left-handed starter Yohan Flande and organizational shortstop Ozzie Chavez are listed participants and players who spent last season in the Phillies’ chain. You'll recognize lots of others, like Fabio Castro, Eude Brito, Pablo Ozuna and Zack Segovia. Domonic Brown has committed to linking up with a team after the postseason. And Jamie Moyer is reportedly considering it. Jim Salisbury reported earlier in the week that Moyer’s agent has reach out to one of the Dominican clubs. … Elsewhere, Matt Rizzotti has carried his hot hitting into the Arizona Fall League. At last check, he was hitting .350 with Mesa. In Mexico, Brian Mazone’s problems continued in his second outing. He’s given up 16 hits, 10 earned runs and four bombs in two starts.