Playoff wrap: Sox loss keeps Yanks from tying Rays

Playoff wrap: Sox loss keeps Yanks from tying Rays
September 13, 2013, 8:00 am
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MAGIC NUMBERS

  • A.L. East: Red Sox 8
  • A.L. Central: Tigers 11
  • A.L. West: A's 14
  • N.L. East: Braves 6
  • N.L. West: Dodgers 5

NOTE: With the Cardinals and Pirates in a tie, there is no magic number in the N.L. Central.

Now that the baseball pennant races are heading into the home stretch, we'll be here each weekday with a wrapup of the previous day's action. Here's what happened on Thursday, September 12:

A.L. EAST: Red Sox (89-59) lead Rays (79-66) by 8 1/2 games

  • Rays 4, Red Sox 3: Wait, the Red Sox played last night? And they lost? (CSNNE.com)


A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers (84-62) lead Indians (78-68) by 6 games and Royals (77-69) by 7


A.L. WEST: A's (85-61) lead Rangers (81-64) by 3 1/2 games

  • A's 8, Twins 2: Mission accomplished in Minnesota, and now Oakland heads to Texas for a weekend divisional showdown. Josh Reddick, for one, isn't worried. "We know we can beat those guys," he scoffs.  (AP)


A.L. WILD CARD: Rangers and Rays hold top two spots; Yankees (79-68, 1 game behind Tampa Bay) , Indians (78-68, 1 1/2 games back), Orioles (77-69, 2 1/2 games back), and Royals (77-69, 2 1/2 games back) in the hunt


N.L. CENTRAL/WILD CARD: Cardinals (85-61) and Pirates (85-61) tied for first; lead Reds (83-64) by 2 1/2