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October 2, 2012

RAMBLIN’ RECK: Major League baseball’s final playoff spots will soon be settled

TERRE HAUTE — The final regular games will be played this week in major league baseball with postseason slots still be filled.

Everything is pretty well set in the National League with Cincinnati clinching homefield advantage and Atlanta and St. Louis all but set as the two wild-card teams.

Detroit now is the most certain thing in the American League, holding a three-game lead over Chicago in the AL Central at the start of play Monday.

Texas still was in first in the AL West but Oakland was gaining on the Rangers and the teams close the season with a series in Oakland. And the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles were still battling it out in the Al East.

New York closes the season against Boston and Baltimore winds up against Tampa Bay.

At one time, my Pittsburgh Pirates were looking good — they were 16 games over .500 in August — but the Bucs did another dive in the past month or so and will have a 20th straight losing season.

They’re still my team but it would be nice if they won again.

At least they will finish fourth in the NL Central while Houston has lost 100 games and Chicago was at 99 going into the final series after beating Arizona on Sunday.

• Leaders in state — Players from the area were among the state leaders in Indiana high school football going into last week’s games.

Austin Karazsia of Linton was sixth in passing, completing 110 of 151 passes for 1,514 yards. Payne Fortner of Sullivan should be in the top 10 after his game last week.

Chase VanSchoyck of North Central ranked seventh in rushing with 109 carries for 1,005 yards. He definitely will move up this week after toppling the old state rushing mark last week.

Grant Stamm of Linton was eighth in receiving with 33 catches for 618 yards.

Dante Rehmel of North Central was ninth in solo tackles with 56 and tied for fifth in tackles for losses with 14.

Carmel moved into the top 25 in the USA Today prep football poll last week at No. 22 and could move up more following its 10-7 overtime victory over Warren Central last week.

Ben Davis also received votes in the poll.

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Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza 55 on the stop: Indiana State's Connor Underwood tackles North Dakota State's Sam Ojuri during the Sycamores' loss to the Bison on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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Tribune-Star/Bob PoynterOuch: Defending Men's City Chamion Tom Jones reacts to a missed putt on the 6th hole at Rea Park Saturday morning. Jones is seeking his 9th Men's title.

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Records: Near perfect weather contributed to record attendance at racetracks around the state, including the Action Track, seen here.

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It was the Knights' day: Charlotte's Josh Phegley, center, high fives teammates and coaching staff after the Knights defeated the Indianapolis Indians 8-4 on Wednesday in Indianapolis.

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