Sport: Carved Down to A Play-Off

Few In the year of the carpenter, champions out of the woodwork

What with corked bats and cut balls, and even a minor league potato thrown into one game, baseball has been caught up in equipment this year. But when everything was finally sanded off and boiled away, after the New York Mets were ground into powder and Reggie Jackson evaporated entirely, the Minnesota Twins, the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals awaited either Toronto or Detroit and this week's play-offs.

In similar division races, they all faced a singular moment of truth, when the Twins, Giants, Cardinals and Tigers looked the A's, Reds, Mets and Blue Jays square in the...

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