Brewers clinch first division title since 1982

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The National League Central is all wrapped up, folks.

In a pretty cool scene at Miller Park, the Brewers and their fans just watched the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-1. Combined with a 4-1 win over the Marlins only moments earlier, the Brewers have clinched their first division title since they won the American League East in 1982.

Yovani Gallardo was brilliant tonight, striking out 11 over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, but was handed a no-decision. The Brewers pulled in front for good thanks to a go-ahead three-run homer by MVP candidate Ryan Braun in the bottom of the eighth inning. John Axford sat the Marlins down in order in the top of the ninth to close out the victory.

Ron Roenicke has led the Brewers to a 92-65 record in his first season as manager. With a strong finish, they have a good chance of securing homefield for the NLDS.

The Mets expect Tim Tebow to come back next year

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Mets assistant general manager John Ricco told Newsday today that he expects minor league outfielder Tim Tebow to return for a third season in professional baseball.

Tebow, 31, broke the hamate bone in his right hand while swinging a bat in late July, ending his season. It was a fairly successful season for him all things considered. After being promoted to Double-A Binghamton to start the year he hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs, a stolen base and a .734 OPS in 298 plate appearances and made the Double-A All-Star team. That’s not the stuff of a top prospect — he strikes out far too much and the power numbers aren’t fantastic given that power would figure to be his strongest tool — but it’s pretty respectable for a guy his age and with his relative lack of baseball experience. As I said back in July, you can believe the Mets’ interest in Tebow is more marketing than baseball, but that does not preclude you from giving the guy a deserved tip of the cap for working hard and sticking it out in the bush leagues.

Assuming he does come back, the Mets are likely to start him at Triple-A Syracuse in the hopes that he’d eventually get to the bigs as a late season callup if the Mets aren’t in contention. Indeed, many believed that was the plan for him this year had he not been injured.