Chicago Cubs clinch playoff spot for 1st time since 2008

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2008.

The Cubs were assured of at least an NL wild-card slot Friday night when San Francisco lost to Oakland.

First-year manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs missed a chance to seal a playoff berth much earlier in the day when they lost to Pittsburgh 3-2 at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs trail NL Central-leading St. Louis by 7 1/2 games with nine games left. The Cubs are 4 1/2 behind Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot.

The Cubs haven't won a playoff game since the 2003 NL Championship Series. The Cubs haven't won the World Series since 2008.

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