Jim Leyland didn't mince words yesterday after the Detroit Tigers finished an historic collapse - the first team holding a three-game lead with four to play to miss the playoffs.
"We have nobody to blame but ourselves for not wrapping it up last week at home," Jim Leyland said yesterday.
"Shame on us."
But that doesn't change how Detroit's manager felt about a key moment in the 163d game of the season.
Replays appeared to show that Brandon Inge's jersey was grazed by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 12th inning at Minnesota on Tuesday night, but the umpire didn't award him first base to force home a go-ahead run.
The Twins went on to score in the home half of the inning to win, 6-5, and advance to the postseason.
"I'm really upset that it ended the way it did, having Brandon get hit by a pitch, because that totally changes that game," Leyland said. "I can understand how the ump didn't see the pitch hit him, but to say video was inconclusive upsets me, because everybody in America saw that it did."
Plate umpire Randy Marsh said he did not see a replay that showed the ball hit Inge and Major League Baseball's vice president of umpires, Mike Port, stood by Marsh.
Ex-player dead. A sheriff's official in Georgia says former Phillies pitcher Brian Powell has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 35.
A spokesman said Powell died Monday at a hospital in Tallahassee, Fla. He last pitched in the majors with the Phillies in 2004 (17 games).
Forst not in mix. The Oakland Athletics squashed speculation that assistant general manager David Forst is in the mix to become the next general manager of the San Diego Padres. The A's said in an e-mail that Forst has not interviewed for the job, nor has anyone asked for permission to interview him.
Sox-Mets swap. The Mets acquired minor-leaguers Chris Carter and Eddie Lora from Boston, completing a trade that sent reliever Billy Wagner to the Red Sox on Aug. 25.
Cards-Yanks? Oddsmakers in Las Vegas have picked the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals as favorites to meet in the World Series, and think New York has an overwhelming chance to win its first title since 2000. The Yankees are 3-2 favorites, oddsmaker Tony Sinisi of Las Vegas Sports Consultants said.
St. Louis is considered the National League favorite at 9-2 odds for the series, but not by much ahead of the Phillies (11-2) and Dodgers (6-1).
Attendance drops. Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped 6.7 percent this year with the United States in the midst of a recession. The 30 teams combined to average 30,350, the commissioner's office said, down from 32,528 last year and a record 32,785 in 2007. Part of the drop was due to smaller capacities at two new ballparks in New York.
Nationals. Washington Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder today.