Playoff wrap: Rays snap skid; Yanks inching closer

Playoff wrap: Rays snap skid; Yanks inching closer
September 4, 2013, 7:00 am
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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 3: 

A.L. EAST: Red Sox (83-57) lead Rays (76-61) by 5 1/2 games

A.L. WEST: Rangers (80-58) lead A's (79-59) by 1 game

  • Rangers 5, A's 1: Remember last year, when late-season callup Martin Perez lost twice to Oakland as the A's overtook the Rangers for the division title? Now he's first-year man Martin Perez, and he's not the Athletics' patsy any more. (AP)

A.L. WILD CARD: A's and Rays hold top two spots; Yankees (74-64, 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay), Orioles (73-64, 3 games back), Indians (73-65, 3 1/2 games back) and Royals (72-66, 4 1/2 games back) in the hunt

  • Yankees 6, White Sox 4: It was shaping up as a lost night in the Bronx, what with Chicago holding a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. And then . . . (AP)

  • Indians 4, Orioles 3: Tito's guys just won't go away. (AP) Too bad the fans -- only 9,962 of them showed up last night -- aren't getting into the spirit of things. I mean, they can't be distracted by the Browns and the Cavs . . . can they? (AP)

  • Royals 4, Mariners 3: That's 8 wins in 10 games for K.C., in case you hadn't noticed. (AP) And I know, you probably hadn't. 

Looking for the A.L. Central race? There is none. Detroit leads Cleveland by 7 1/2.

N.L. CENTRAL: Pirates (81-57) lead Cardinals (79-59) by 2 games and Reds (79-59) by 3

  • Pirates 4, Brewers 3: Former No. 1 pick Travis Snider was pretty much a bust in Toronto. But after last night's ninth-inning homer lifted the Bucs to a win in Milwaukee -- which, coincidentally, assured the Pirates of their first non-losing season since the first George Bush was president -- they love him in Pittsburgh. (AP)

  • Reds 1, Cardinals 0: Billy Hamilton's reputation as a stealer of bases -- 155 of them in the minors in 2012, in case you forgot -- preceded him to the major leagues, where he made his debut last night. And in his first appearance as a pinch-runner, he stole second (off Yadier Molina, no less) and came around on Todd Frazier's double for the only run of the game. (AP)

That's it for N.L. races. The Braves and Dodgers have blown open the East and West, respectively, and there's no one within 7 1/2 games of Cincinnati in the wild-card chase.