AL News & Notes
AL NEWS & NOTES
"We failed all the way from the top to the bottom. We failed from [owner] Jerry Reinsdorf all the way to the bat boy. Everyone failed this year. Hopefully next year we turn around and do a better job."
White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen, about a season in which his team finished 24 games behind the first-place Indians
Angels: Slugger Vladimir Guerrero sat out a second straight game while nursing sore triceps muscles on both arms. The team is hoping that OF Gary Matthews Jr.'s irritated left knee will be healthy enough to allow him to play Wednesday in the playoff opener.
Blue Jays: Mickey Brantley's contract as hitting coach won't be renewed following a season in which the team hit .259, the third-lowest batting average in the AL.
Tigers: 1B Sean Casey said he was told Saturday that the team isn't planning on bringing him back next season.
Calling His Game
Yankees C Jorge Posada served as manager of the day after being handed the role by Joe Torre. It's a tradition that Torre instituted years ago if the final game is meaningless. "It means a lot. I'm honored," Posada said before the game.
First in Fielding
Boston's Kevin Youkilis finished the season with 1,079 errorless chances, an AL record for a first baseman. Stuffy McInnis had a .999 fielding percentage for the Red Sox in 1921.
By the Numbers
Games the Mariners improved over last year's finish. Seattle, which finished 88-74, is the only team in the major leagues to increase its win total each year since 2004.