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The Major League Baseball regular season ended yesterday, and we now know several things that we did not know before...

• The New York Yankees won the American League East, the Detroit Tigers won the American League Central, and the Oakland Athletics won the American League West, with the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers getting the two American League Wild Card slots. The Orioles and the Rangers will meet in a one-game playoff on Friday to see which team will play against the Yankees in the AL Divisional Series; the Tigers will play the Rangers in their AL Divisional Series.

• The Washington Nationals won the National League East, the Cincinnati Reds won the National League Central, and the San Francisco Giants won the National League West, with the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals earning Wild Card berths that will result in them playing in one game on Friday to see which one will face the Nationals; the Braves and the Cardinals will also face off in the NL Divisional Series.

• Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers became the first player since 1967 to win baseball's Triple Crown, as he led the American League in batting average, runs batted in, and home runs. The last player to do it - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox.
KC's View:
Three quick points here.

• It is worth noting that Texas was in first place in the American League Central for most of the season, and that Oakland was in first place for exactly one day. Yesterday. The last day of the season. "Moneyball" enthusiasts everywhere are rejoicing.

•The Yankees payroll was just shy of $198 million for the 2012 season, compared to the $55.4 million spent by the Athletics.

• And, as for the Tigers win and the Cabrera achievement, I want to send a big shout-out to my friends at Westborn Market there, who must be deliriously happy this morning.