Hey, it went to the wire this year, but no convoluted playoff to reach the playoffs were needed, as has happened the past three seasons.
The Giants beat the Padres 3-0 as Jonathan Sanchez and five relievers blanked SD on four hits; Freddy Sanchez had a run scored and RBI in the win.
Atlanta won an 8-7 slugfest over the Phils, earning the wildcard spot and eliminating San Diego.
The Red Sox beat up Dustin Mosley and the Yankees 8-4, dropping the Evil Empire to wildcard status after Tampa Bay held off the KC Royals in twelve innings 3-2 to win the division.
The opening series:
National League: The East champion Phillies begin the defense of their back-to-back NL pennants at home against the Central champion Reds on Wednesday at 5:07 PM. and the West champ Giants host the Wild Card Braves on Thursday at 9:37 PM.
American League: The East champion Rays host the West champion Rangers, beginning Wednesday at 1:37 PM, and the Central champion Twins welcome the defending World Series champions and 2010 Wild Card entry Yankees, starting Wednesday at 8:37 PM.
Let the games begin!