Playoff wrap: It's Elimination Night for Yanks, Royals

Playoff wrap: It's Elimination Night for Yanks, Royals
September 26, 2013, 7:30 am
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MAGIC NUMBERS

BEST RECORD IN A.L: Red Sox 2

A.L. WILD CARD: Rays 3 and Indians 4

N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals 1

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 Wednesday, September 25:

RACE FOR BEST RECORD IN A.L.: Red Sox (96-63) lead A's (94-65) by 2 games

A.L. WILD CARD: Rays (89-69) and Indians (88-70) hold top two spots; Rangers (87-71, 1 game behind Cleveland) in the hunt

RACE FOR BEST RECORD IN N.L.: Cardinals (94-65) lead Braves (93-65) by 1/2 game and Dodgers (91-67) by 2 1/2 games

      • Brewers 4, Braves 0: If you haven't seen the Carlos Gomez nonsense, you really should. (mlb.com) Then, when you come back, consider that the Braves were shut out for the 17th time , which can't bode well for the playoffs. (AP)

      • Giants 6, Dodgers 4: Barry Zito's first victory in nearly four months was a nice way for him to say goodbye to San Francisco, but it didn't do much for the Dodgers in their attempt to finish with the best record in the N.L. (AP)

N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals (94-65) lead Pirates (91-68) by 3 games

      • Cardinals 4, Nationals 1: The Cards clinched a tie for the N.L. Central title and moved ahead of Atlanta in the race for home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. That's what I call multitasking. (AP)

      • Cubs 4, Pirates 2: This was a body blow to the Bucs' chances of winning the Central, but they seemed to take it in stride. Guess when you're already in the playoffs -- especially for the first time in 20 years -- where you finish isn't all that big a deal. (AP)

N.L. WILD CARD: Cardinals (94-65) lead Pirates (91-68) by 3 games and Reds (90-69) by 4