Playoff wrap: Tough times in Texas

Playoff wrap: Tough times in Texas
September 17, 2013, 6:30 am

MAGIC NUMBERS

A.L. EAST: Red Sox 4
A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers 6
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 Monday night, September 16:

A.L. EAST: Red Sox (92-59) lead Rays (82-67) by 9 games

  • Rays 6, Rangers 2: Not only is this seven losses in a row for Texas, but the freefalling Rangers haven't even held a lead in any of those seven games. And that's never happened in franchise history, not even when they were the "First-in-war-first-in-peace-last-in-the-American-League" Washington Senators. (AP) 

A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers (87-63) lead Indians (81-69) by 6 games

  • Tigers 4, Mariners 2: Torii Hunter is proud of his teammates for showing a little life, because, as he puts it, "September hits, sometimes you get kind of laid back and you get tired . . ." Yeah, just what you like to see, a team getting laid back and tired as the playoffs approach. (AP) 

  • Royals 7, Indians 1: (AP) These are the last games Tito's boys will play against a real team for the rest of the regular season -- the creampuffs are back on the table starting this weekend -- but they have to be careful K.C. doesn't pass them during this three-game series. Early returns aren't encouraging. (AP)

A.L. WEST: A's (88-62) lead Rangers (81-68) by 6 1/2 games

  • Angels 12, A's 1: The best team in this division right now might be LA of A, which has won 9 of 12 and 18 of 24. Too bad the Angels waited until they were about 20 games out to get hot. (AP)

A.L. WILD CARD: Rays and Rangers hold top two spots; Indians (81-69, 1/2 game back), Orioles (79-70, 2 games back), Yankees (79-71, 2 1/2 games back) and Royals (79-71, 2 1/2 games back) in the hunt

N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals (87-63) and Pirates (87-63) tied for first; lead Reds (85-66) by 2 1/2

N.L. WILD CARD: Cardinals/Pirates and Reds hold top two spots; Nationals (79-70, 5 games behind Cincinnati) in the hunt

  • Nationals vs. Braves postponed: The Washington Navy Yard is only a few blocks from Nationals Park, and the tragedy there yesterday forced postponement of Monday night's scheduled game. They'll play a day-night doubleheader today.