Playoff wrap: It's still a wild chase in the A.L.

Playoff wrap: It's still a wild chase in the A.L.
September 27, 2013, 7:00 am
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MAGIC NUMBERS

BEST RECORD IN A.L: Red Sox 2

A.L. WILD CARD: Rays 2 and Indians 3

N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals 1

The baseball pennant races are in the home stretch and we'll be here each day with a wrapup of the previous day's action. Here's what happened on Thursday, September 26:

RACE FOR BEST RECORD IN A.L.: Red Sox (96-63) lead A's (94-65) by 2 games and Tigers (93-66) by 3

  • Remember the last time the Red Sox ended a season in Baltimore? Ben Cherington does, since, as Sean McAdam writes, it was "a pivot point for the franchise."

A.L. WILD CARD: Rays (90-69) and Indians (89-70) hold top two spots; Rangers (88-71, 1 game behind Cleveland) in the hunt

  • Rays 4, Yankees 0: The Yanks got to celebrate the career of Mariano Rivera in his final game in front of the home folks. The Rays got a victory they desperately need as the season heads to its final moments. Everybody's happy. (AP) 
  • Indians 6, Twins 5: Now's not the time to be searching for a closer, not if you're trying to hold onto a one-game lead for the final postseason berth with three to play. But that's the situation Tito and the Tribe find themselves in, as Chris Perez's August/September implosion (7.52 ERA, 7 homers allowed in 20 1/3 innings) reaches critical mass when he nearly turns a 6-2 ninth-inning lead into a devastating defeat. (AP) 
  • Rangers 6, Angels 5: When the season's in the books, maybe the name Jurickson Profar will be one we remember. (AP) 

RACE FOR BEST RECORD IN N.L.: Cardinals (94-65) and Braves (94-65) tied; Dodgers (91-68) 3 games out

  • Braves 7, Phillies 1: All Atlanta has to do is finished tied with St. Louis for the No. 1 seed, since it wins the head-to-head tiebreaker. And that means all the Braves have to do is hold serve the rest of the way. (AP) 
  • Giants 3, Dodgers 2: The Giants got to celebrate the career of Tim Lincecum -- who may be departing via free agency at season's end -- in what could be his final game front of the home folks. The Dodgers, however, didn't get a victory they desperately need as the season heads to its final moments. Everybody isn't happy. (AP) 

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

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