The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves were the last two teams to secure playoff berths on the final day of the 2010 MLB regular season. The Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 3-0 at home to clinch the NL West, while the Braves knocked off the Philadelphia Phillies at home 8-7 to take the NL Wild Card. Had the Padres beaten the Giants while the Braves won, the three teams would have finished in a three-way tie, forcing a pair of tiebreakers to be played ahead of the postseason. Instead, the Phillies will host the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday to open one National League Division Series, while the Giants will host the Braves on Thursday to begin their best-of-five, first-round playoff set. It’s the Giants first division title since 2003, while the Braves are back in the postseason in their final season under longtime manager Bobby Cox, who is retiring this year.
The only question in the American League entering Sunday was whether the Tampa Bay Rays or the New York Yankees would be the AL East champions. The Yankees fell to the Boston Red Sox 8-4 before the Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in 14 innings. That gave the Rays the division, while the Yankeess settled for the AL Wild Card. Both AL Division Series begin on Wednesday, when the Rays host the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins host the Yankees. For the Rays, it’s their second AL East title in three years, while the Yankees will look to repeat as World Champions after beating the Phillies in last year’s Fall Classic.