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MILWAUKEE (AP) ped the Milwaukee Brewers‘ ticket to meet the Chicago Cubs and their boisterous fans at Wrigley Field.Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Brewers advanced to an NL Central tiebreaker against the Cubs Brian Flynn Jersey , putting themselves in position Sunday with an 11-0 romp over the Detroit Tigers.Both already assured playoff spots, the Brewers (95-67) meet the Cubs on Monday afternoon in a one-game matchup for the division title. The loser will host the NL wild-card game Tuesday vs. the loser of the Colorado-Los Angeles Dodgers tiebreaker in the NL West.“Expecting it to be fairly hostile tomorrow,” Yelich said.“Any time we play the Cubs, it’s a hostile environment, especially in Wrigley Field. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to it.”The Cubs beat Milwaukee 11-8 in the season series, but Milwaukee won four of the last six games.“We’ve played each other really tough all year,” Yelich said. “So, it’s only fitting we got to do one more.”Chicago beat St. Louis 10-5 on the final scheduled day of the regular season.“It’s going to come down to execution like it has all year,” said Yelich, who is batting .175 with 16 strikeouts, no home runs and five RBIs in 15 games against the Cubs this season.Yelich went 0 for 2 with two walks and scored twice against Detroit, ending his 10-game hitting streak. He is hitting .323 in his first season with Milwaukee, locking up the first batting title in Brewers’ history.Robin Yount , Milwaukee’s two-time AL MVP and Hall of Famer, was on hand to cheer for Yelich. Yount came the closest (.331) to the batting title in 1982 but finished a decimal point behind Kansas City Royals’ Willie Wilson (.332).“That’s pretty cool,” Yount said in the Brewers clubhouse. “I’m pulling for him.”Yelich has 109 RBIs, tied with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and two behind leader Javier Baez of the Cubs. Yelich’s 36 home runs are tied with Colorado’s Trevor Story and St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter, one behind Arenado.The tiebreakers are considered game No. 163 of the regular season, meaning Yelich’s stats — and those of Arenado and Baez — from Monday’s game will count in the totals. The last NL player to win the Triple Crown was Joe Medwick in 1937 for the Cardinals.The crowd of 41,848 at Miller Park serenaded Yelich with “MVP! MVP!” when he went to right field in the top of the first and then came to bat in the bottom of the frame.Yelich walked and scored on Jesus Aguilar’s single in the first, struck out swinging in the third and fifth and was walked intentionally in the seventh as the fans booed the move. He came out of the game in the eighth to a thunderous ovation.Typically low key, Yelich thought manager Craig Counsell’s move to send in Hernan Perez for him was “pretty cool.”Yelich tipped his cap just before ducking into the dugout as the crowd roared its approval.“I didn’t really know what to do,” Yelich said. “I told Couns (Counsell) after I came off the field that I don’t know what I was supposed to do there. So, I hope that was good enough. The fans have been awesome all year. They really came out and showed their support for us this last series.”The Brewers already had secured their first playoff appearance since 2011, the last time they won the NL Central.At the start of September, the Brewers were in third place and five games behind the Cubs with the Cardinals in second. Milwaukee went on a 19-6 tear to finish strong.“If we didn’t turn it around Justin Grimm Jersey , we wouldn’t be going to Chicago,” Counsell said.Gio Gonzalez (10-11) toiled efficiently through five scoreless innings in his fifth start since being acquired on Aug. 31 from Washington. The left-hander, who helped the Nationals win four division titles in the last six seasons, scattered three hits.Aguilar hit his 35th homer, connecting in the fourth off Spencer Turnbull (0-2). Aguilar added an RBI grounder in the seventh.The Brewers, who went 86-76 last year, scored six times in the seventh. Ryan Braun and Orlando Arcia had two-run doubles.Travis Shaw hit his 32nd home run in the eighth.The Tigers, under first-year manager Ron Gardenhire, lost their fifth in a row and finished 64-98 for the second consecutive season. Gardenhire, who previously managed the Minnesota Twins (2002-2014), replaced Brad Ausmus.“The hope here is that we are doing exactly what we said we were going to do,” Gardenhire said of the rebuilding process. “We are going to rebuild this thing and start from the ground level up. We’re going to get young again next year. As long as we can keep them playing hard and start paying attention to the details of the game, we’ll be OK.”VICTOR MARTINEZ FARWELLThe five-time AL All-Star with the Cleveland Indians (2004 , 2007, 2009), the Boston Red Sox (2010) and the Tigers (2014) played his final came of his 16-year major league career Sept. 22 when he started in Detroit against Kansas City.“You have the luxury of getting to watch a guy wind down his career right in front of your eyes,” Gardenhire said. “He meant so much to these guys in the clubhouse. After the big guy, (Miguel) Cabrera, got hurt, Victor kind of took over that leadership role, which he didn’t have to do. He was one of our leaders anyway. But he stepped up. It was about everything he did for these guys. Talking to them when they needed that. You’ve got to have a veteran presence.” In O’s news: McKenna is crushing it, Gilmartin re-signs and the 40-man is full once again."Morning, Birdland!It’s taking a long time for the Orioles to construct their new hierarchy. The argument can be made that it’s taking too long. But it will all be worth it if they make the right decision on who to name president and who to make the general manager.Most of the signs are pointing to the Angelos brothers making an intelligent choice. The word is that they want new-age thinkers rather than old school baseball types. And the list of names in contention is, mostly, inspired.But there is that tiny voice in the back of Orioles fans collective brains that says they are going to screw this up. Maybe they will. Maybe they won’t. I just hope they name a replacement for the departed Dan Duquette sometime soon. The anticipation is a killer.LinksO’s have interviewed seven candidates in search to replace Duquette - Baltimore SunThis story does not confirm who are the candidates, but does say that Ben Cherington Blaine Boyer Jersey , Ned Colletti, Dan Kantrovitz and Mike Elias are the most likely options. Also, Kim Ng is not in the team’s plans right now, but there is a possibility that she could get an interview.Toolshed: O’s McKenna making most of AFL - MiLB.comSomehow I missed that Ryan McKenna was working on playing second base this offseason? But going to the Arizona Fall League put a pause to that. Transitioning to the infield would be a game changer for McKenna, who is one of the fast risers in the entire O’s system.Inbox: When will O’s begin making offseason moves? - MLB.comI mean, who says that they HAVE to make moves? Just wing it. Let the chips fall where they may. Or have Brady close his eyes and pick names off of a list of available players.Orioles’ Sean Gilmartin: Re-signs with former club - CBS SportsGilmartin is a fine pitcher. He’s left-handed. He has a bit of major league experience. And now he’s not taking up a 40-man roster spot. He might see some time in Baltimore in 2019, but if not he’s a nice depth piece in the organization regardless.Orioles birthdays and historyIs it your birthday? Happy Birthday! Armando Bentez is 46 years old today. The right-handed reliever spent 1994 through 1998 with the Orioles and tossed 213.2 innings while accumulating a 3.62 ERA before being traded to the Mets for catcher Charles Johnson in December of ‘98.Outfielder Mark Corey is 63. He played in 59 games for the O’s from 1979 through 1981. Ken Holtzman pitched in 13 games for the’76 Birds. Holtzman turns 73 today. And finally, Earl Robinson would have been celebrating his 82nd birthday. The late hitter played in 162 total games spread between the 1961, 1962 and 1964 season with the O’s.There’s apparently no significant historical events in O’s history on this day, according to Baseball Reference. So, here are some important happenings from elsewhere in the world on October 20.1982 - 37-year-old Jim Palmer finishes second in the Cy Young voting behind Brewers hurler Pete Vuckovich.