Sunday, December 8, 2013
The New York Yankees beat Seattle and Felix Hernandez 9-3. Tampa Bay topped Baltimore 5-2. Boston did not play.
That leaves 16 games remaining for each of the three teams.
Tonight: Tim Wakefield (6-6, 5.03) tries again for win No. 200. against Toronto's Brandon Morrow. In his last start, Morrow gave up 8 runs to the Red Sox. But that is the game Bard blew up, allowing 5 runs, in a 11-10 Blue Jays win.
South Portland's Charlie Furbush (3-8) leads Seattle against the Yankees and A.J. Burnett (9-11).
Tampa Bay's David Price should be money against Baltimore.
New York 89-57
Boston 85-61 (4 back)
Tampa Bay 82-64 (7)
Tampa Bay 82-64 (3 back)
LA Angels 80-67 (5.5)
New York's magic number to clinch the division: 13.
Boston's magic number to clinch the wild card: 14.
NEW YORK (16): At Seattle (2), at Toronto (3), Minnesota (1), Tampa Bay (4), Boston (3), at Tampa Bay (3).
BOSTON (16): Toronto (2), Tampa Bay (4), Baltimore (4), at New York (3), at Baltimore (3).
TAMPA BAY (16): At Baltimore (2), at Boston (4), at New York (4), Toronto (3), New York (3).
The playoff seeds at the moment:
1. New York 89-57
2. Detroit 85-62
3. Texas 83-64
4. Boston (wild card)
In Manchester, N.H., the Eastern League championship series starts tonight, between Richmond and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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