TERRE HAUTE —
Major league baseball is down to its final days, with the final games slated for Sept. 30.
With the closest division races being 41⁄2 games, there’s not much suspense left there, but the wild-card races are still up in the air.
In the American League, the New York Yankees and Texas both had 41⁄2-game leads over second-place teams while Detroit already has clinched first in the AL Central.
Philadelphia also has clinched first in the National League East while Arizona had a five-game lead on Monday in the West and Milwaukee was up by 61⁄2 games over St. Louis in the Central.
Boston still is ahead in the AL wild-card race but its lead over Tampa Bay was down to two games after losing three of four to the Rays.
Tampa Bay will play the Yankees seven times in its last 10 games while the Red Sox meet Baltimore seven times in their final 10 games.
Atlanta has a 31⁄2-game lead over St. Louis and is up by four over San Francisco for the NL wild-card slot. The Cards have been playing well but may run out of time in their bid to gain the playoffs.
While there may not be much suspense left in the division races, the playoffs should be something else.
• Tom-Cattin’ It — Terre Haute South grad Shelby Stewart had a good finish in the Vincennes University Invitational for golf teams last week.
Stewart had a 76 and 79 for 155 to rank seventh individually in the six-team event.
• Former Marshall, Ill., and Indiana State cage ace Howie Johnson and his wife have opened their new business, The Bouncin Barn, on First Street.
We stopped by to check out the facility which includes a gymnasium where players may get pointers on shooting the basketball from Howie himself. It’s a nice facility.
• Two soccer players from the area are among the leaders in Indiana prep soccer totals.
Jacob Parham of Terre Haute North has 25 goals and 54 points to rank among the boys leaders, while Christina Haag of Sullivan has 24 goals to be near the top of the girls list.
• Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 63-yard field goal last week to tie the NFL record for yardage shared by Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam.
• Kraig Kinser got his first win recently in World of Outlaws action. He had to fight off a challenge from his dad, Steve, to do it.
• Ellis Park has requested similar dates for its thoroughbred race season in the Evansville-Henderson, Ky. area. The track was open on weekends from July to Labor Day this year.
• Jasper got off to another good start in high school football but has lost two in a row, bowing 24-14 to Heritage Hills and 25-22 to Vincennes Lincoln.
Castle is one of the undefeated teams in the state after beating Evansville North. Castle has outscored opponents 224-48 and faces 1-4 Evansville Harrison next.
• A Nationwide Tour pro golf event will be played at Victoria National Golf Club from June 28 to July 1 next year.
• In last week’s USA Today prep football poll, Warren Central was ranked 15th and second in the Midwest Region. Carmel was seventh in the Midwest Region.
• Two seniors in Marion County have announced where they plan to play college basketball.
Ryan Weber, 6-foot-6 guard at Roncalli, says he will go to Youngstown State. He averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.
Paul Bayt, a 6-4 guard at Park Tudor, plans to sign with Manhattan. He averaged 7.7 points last season.
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