Playoff wrap: Yanks still drowning in 'Sox wave'

Playoff wrap: Yanks still drowning in 'Sox wave'
September 20, 2013, 6:30 am

MAGIC NUMBERS

A.L. EAST: Red Sox 1
A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers 4
A.L. WEST: A's 4
N.L. EAST: Braves 2
N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals 9

The baseball pennant races are in the home stretch and we'll be here each weekday with a wrapup of the previous day's action. Here's what happened on Thursday, September 19:

A.L. EAST: Red Sox (93-61) lead Rays (83-69) by 9 games

  • Red Sox 3, Orioles 1: Almost there. (CSNNE.com) 

  • Rangers 8, Rays 2: Remember yesterday, when Joe Maddon offered that Tampa Bay's come-from-behind win Wednesday night "has to give us some kind of impetus moving forward"? How'd that work out for you, Joe? (AP) 

A.L. CENTRAL: Tigers (89-64) lead Indians (83-70) by 6 games

  • Tigers 5, Mariners 4: First Prince Fielder eats a fan's nacho after chasing a foul ball near the stands in the fifth inning. Then he lumbers -- and that's exactly the correct word -- home all the way from first base to score what proved to be the game-winning run on Victor Martinez's double in the seventh. Any wonder there wasn't a writer at Comerica Park who could resist saying Detroit is "hungry" for the division title? (AP) 

  • Indians 2, Astros 1 (11 innings): That was a lot harder than it needed to be against a 102 (and counting)-loss team, but Tito's not complaining. (AP) 

A.L. WEST: A's (90-63) lead Rangers (83-69) by 6 1/2 games

A.L. WILD CARD: Rays and Rangers hold top two spots; Indians (83-70, 1/2 game back), Orioles (81-71, 2 games back), Royals (80-72, 3 games back) and Yankees (80-73, 3 1/2 games back) in the hunt

N.L. CENTRAL: Cardinals (89-64) lead Pirates (88-65) by 1 game and Reds (87-66) by 2

  • Rockies 7, Cardinals 6 (15 innings): Talk about going a long way for nothing . . .  (AP) 

  • Pirates 10, Padres 1: Gerrit Cole stops the bleeding in Pittsburgh and sends the Pirates into their weekend war with the Reds -- which the Associated Press writer (accurately) described as "the biggest series in the 12-year history of PNC Park" -- feeling a little better about themselves. (AP) 

N.L. WILD CARD: Pirates and Reds hold top two spots; Nationals (82-71, 5 games behind Cincinnati) in the hunt