Playoff wrap: It's getting late, Yanks

Playoff wrap: It's getting late, Yanks
September 18, 2013, 6:45 am
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MAGIC NUMBERS

A.L. EAST: Red Sox 3
A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers 6
A.L. WEST: A's 6
N.L. EAST: Braves 4
N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals 11
N.L. WEST: Dodgers 2

Now that the baseball pennant races are in the home stretch, we'll be here each weekday with a wrapup of the previous day's action. Here's what happened on Tuesday, September 17:

A.L. EAST: Red Sox (92-60) lead Rays (82-68) by 9 games

  • Orioles 3, Red Sox 2: Nobody's perfect, eh, Koji? (CSNNE.com) 

  • Rangers 7, Rays 1: After his team had played seven consecutive games without a lead, Ian Kinsler homered on the first pitch of the night and Texas was off and running. In other news, Nelson Cruz -- suspended for the remainder in the regular season in the PED scandal -- has begun working out at the Rangers' training facility in Arizona. Are they really going to bring him back for the playoffs? (AP) 

A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers (88-63) lead Indians (82-69) by 6 games

A.L. WEST: A's (89-62) lead Rangers (82-68) by 6 1/2 games

A.L. WILD CARD: Rays and Rangers hold top two spots; Indians (82-69, 1/2 game back), Orioles (80-70, 2 games back), Yankees (79-72, 3 1/2 games back) and Royals (79-72, 3 1/2 games back) in the hunt

  • Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0: "It's no good, that's for sure. Go into Boston and get swept, then lose the first game here. We're playing terrible and it's not good. It's a bad time to be doing that." You pretty much nailed it, Andy Pettitte. (AP) 

N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals (88-63) lead Pirates (87-64) by 1 game and Reds (86-66) by 2 1/2

N.L. WILD CARD: Pirates and Reds hold top two spots; Nationals (81-70, 4 1/2 games behind Cincinnati) in the hunt