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Final Day Drama: A's, Tigers, Cards win playoff races, Zimmermann's no-no, Jeter's farewell

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray is mobbed by his teammates after the final out of  the baseball game against the Texas Rangers clinching a playoff spot Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014,  in Arlington, Texas.  The Athletics won 4-0.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray is mobbed by his teammates after the final out of the baseball game against the Texas Rangers clinching a playoff spot Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Athletics won 4-0. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke stands on top of the dugout and celebrates with fans after the Tigers clinched the AL Central with a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke stands on top of the dugout and celebrates with fans after the Tigers clinched the AL Central with a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Sonny Gray pitched Oakland into baseball's last playoff spot, Detroit and St. Louis clinched division crowns and Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter in a final-day drama made even more memorable by Derek Jeter's farewell.

Going into Sunday, not a single postseason matchup was certain. David Price and some pals across the majors quickly settled all of them.

Gray shut out Texas 4-0, helping the Athletics hold off Seattle for the second AL wild-card slot. The A's will open this year's postseason at Kansas City on Tuesday night, with Jon Lester facing the Royals' James Shields.

On Wednesday night, Madison Bumgarner and San Francisco visit Edinson Volquez and Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game.

The best-of-five AL division series puts the wild-card winner at the Los Angeles Angels and the Tigers at Baltimore. In the NL, the wild card plays at Washington and the Cardinals are at the Los Angeles Dodgers.