Not that it was a surprise, but the Chicago Cubs clinched the NL Central for the second consecutive season with a win on Saturday...
from the Chicago Sun-Times:
They did it without their $136 million leadoff man for two months.
They did it without their All-Star closer for a month in the middle of
They did it despite ace Carlos Zambrano missing time in June and
September because of shoulder problems and despite not getting Brian
Roberts and, sometimes, despite themselves.
Their 5-4 victory over the rival St. Louis Cardinals, behind seven
innings from starter Ted Lilly (16-9) and the shutout pitching of
setup-closer combo Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood, gave the Cubs their
earliest clinching party since also clinching on Sept. 20 in 1932.