Playoff wrap: Another magical night for Indians

Playoff wrap: Another magical night for Indians
September 25, 2013, 7:15 am
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MAGIC NUMBERS

BEST RECORD IN A.L: Red Sox 4

BEST RECORD IN N.L: Braves 5

A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers 1

N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals 3

The baseball pennant races are in the home stretch and we'll be here each weekday with a wrapup of the previous day's action. Here's what happened on Tuesday, September 24:

RACE FOR BEST RECORD IN A.L.: Red Sox (95-63) lead A's (94-64) by 1 game

A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers (92-66) lead Indians (87-70) by 4 1/2 games

  • Tigers 4, Twins 2: Almost there, Tigers. Almost there. (AP)

  • Indians 5, White Sox 4: You know, they really haven't got enough to be anything more than play-in fodder, or, at best, someone's punching bag in the ALDS. But nights like last night remind us what a special season it's been for Tito Francona and the Indians. (AP)

A.L. WILD CARD: Rays (88-69) and Indians (87-70) hold top two spots; Rangers (86-71, 1 game behind Cleveland), Royals (83-74, 4 games back) and Yankees (82-75, 5 games back) in the hunt

RACE FOR BEST RECORD IN N.L.: Braves (93-64) lead Cardinals (93-65) by 1/2 game and Dodgers (91-66) by 2 games

  • Braves 3, Brewers 2: Andrelton Simmons wins it with a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth, then delivers one of the more unlikely postgame quotes -- "It's always good to have those close games and come out victorious and create that winning habit that we've had throughout the year" -- of the year. (AP)

  • Cardinals 2, Nationals 0: You're making your ninth major-league start, you're one out away from a no-hitter, and someone chops an infield single over your 6-foot-6 frame. Tough luck, Michael Wacha. (AP)

  • Dodgers 2, Giants 1: Carl Crawford gets three hits, lifting his slash line to .281/.329/.396 . . . less production than the Red Sox are getting from both Daniel Nava and Mike Carp at 1/20th the cost. My point? We're just as happy you're in L.A. as you are, Carl. (AP)

N.L. CENTRAL/WILD CARD: Cardinals (93-65) lead Pirates (91-67) by 2 games and Reds (90-68) by 3