Playoff wrap: Rough day for Rays, Reds and Royals

Playoff wrap: Rough day for Rays, Reds and Royals
September 16, 2013, 8:15 am
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MAGIC NUMBERS

  • A.L. East: Red Sox 4
  • A.L. Central: Tigers 9
  • A.L. West: A's 8
  • N.L. East: Braves 4
  • N.L. West: Dodgers 4

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 Sunday, September 15:

A.L. EAST: Red Sox (92-59) lead Rays (81-67) by 9 1/2 games

A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers (86-63) lead Indians (81-68) by 5 games

  • Tigers 3, Royals 2: It was a nightmare for K.C., too; the Royals hung in for seven innings against Max Scherzer, tied it against the Detroit bullpen, and then -- boom! -- lost it on a home run by Alex Avila in the bottom of the eighth. (AP)

  • Indians 7, White Sox 1: Shades of September 2012 in Boston: The White Sox are 2-15 in their last 17, all against postseason contenders. And they still have more games to lose, I mean play, against Cleveland and Detroit. (AP)

A.L. WEST: A's (88-61) lead Rangers (81-67) by 6 1/2 games

A.L. WILD CARD: Rangers and Rays tied for top spot; Indians (81-68, 1/2 game back), Orioles (79-70, 2 1/2 games back), Yankees (79-71, 3 games back) and Royals (78-71, 3 1/2 games back) in the hunt

  • Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1: What Baltimore -- bunched in the middle of the pack -- really needs right about now are some games against the White Sox. Alas, the O's have to come to Boston. (AP)

N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals (87-62) and Pirates (87-62) tied for first; lead Reds (84-66) by 3 1/2

N.L. WILD CARD: Cardinals/Pirates and Reds hold top two spots; Nationals (79-70, 4 1/2 games behind Cincinnati) in the hunt

  • Nationals 11, Phillies 2: A slight change in our format; Washington has muscled its way into wild-card contention. Which makes the Reds' blowing of a 5-1 lead in Milwaukee all the more damaging.  (AP)