Quotable

"We expected to win today. We expected to win the whole last week. When we really needed the runs, they were hard to come by."

Indians OF Casey Blake, whose team will miss the playoffs after losing six of its final seven games

Personnel Dept.

Devil Rays: Don Zimmer,74, will be back next year. The senior adviser plans to return for what would be his 58th year in pro baseball. Zimmer is completing his second season with the Devil Rays and has a contract that runs through next year.

"I don't want to go anywhere but here," Zimmer said Saturday.

Zimmer has been mentioned as one of the potential replacements for departing manager Lou Piniella.

"I don't think so," Zimmer said. "I have a good job. I'm getting up in years."

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez, 19, gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings against the Athletics. He finished his rookie year with a 4-4 record and 2.67 ERA. He worked into the seventh in 10 of his 12 starts.

Rangers: SS Michael Young finished the year batting .331 to win the league batting title. He is the first Rangers player to win the title since Julio Franco in 1991. Franco batted .341 that year. Young beat 3B Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees (.321).

Red Sox: RHP Curt Schilling tied Mickey Lolich on the all-time strikeout list with 2,832.

By the Numbers

206

Hits by Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki, a career low. Yet he finished second in the league in that category. He had a record 262 hits last year.

36-35

Series lead for the Red Sox over the Yankees since the start of the 2003 season. The Yankees, however, won the series in the regular season this year, 10-9.