Playoff wrap: Girardi becomes the new Billy Martin

Playoff wrap: Girardi becomes the new Billy Martin
September 11, 2013, 7:30 am
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MAGIC NUMBERS

  • A.L. East: Red Sox 10
  • A.L. Central: Tigers 13
  • A.L. West: A's 17
  • N.L. East: Braves 7
  • N.L. Central: Cardinals 18
  • N.L. West: Dodgers 6

Now that the baseball pennant races are heading into the home stretch, we'll be here each weekday with a wrapup of the previous night's action. Here's what happened on Tuesday night, September 10:

A.L. EAST: Red Sox (88-58) lead Rays (78-65) by 8 1/2 games

  • Red Sox 2, Rays 0: If Clay Buchholz is going to pitch like this the rest of the way, the sky's the limit for these guys. (CSNNE.com) 

A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers (83-62) lead Indians (77-67) by 5 1/2 games and Royals (76-69) by 7

  • Tigers 9, White Sox 1: Didn't realize the A.L. Central race was as close as it is, so we decided to add it to the list. A few more nights like this, however, and we'll drop it off again. (AP) 

  • Royals 6, Indians 3: Kansas City's got a lot of teams to climb over in the wild-card race and not a lot of time to climb over them. But beating clubs that are ahead of you is a good way to start. (AP) 

A.L. WEST: A's (83-61) lead Rangers (81-63) by 2 games

A.L. WILD CARD: Rangers and Rays hold top two spots; Indians (77-67, 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay), Orioles (77-67, 1 1/2 games back), Yankees (77-68, 2 games back) and Royals (76-69, 3 games back) in the hunt

N.L. CENTRAL/WILD CARD: Cardinals (84-60) lead Pirates (84-61) by 1 game and Reds (82-64) by 3

  • Cardinals 4, Brewers 2: The Cards have made a believer of Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke, who says St. Louis will win the division because it has "probably the most well-rounded team." (AP)

  • Pirates 5, Rangers 4: Pittsburgh, however, begs to differ. (AP) 

  • Cubs 9, Reds 1: That weekend sweep of the Dodgers seems like a lifetime ago, eh, Reds? (AP)