Wednesday September 21, 2011 | 11:32 PM

The Wild Card standings: 
Boston 88-68
Tampa Bay 85-70 (2.5 back)
LA Angels 85-70 (2.5)

Boston's magic number to clinch the wild card: 5.

Remaining Games:
BOSTON (6): at New York (3), at Baltimore (3).

TAMPA BAY (7): at New York (1), Toronto (3), New York (3).

LA ANGELS (7): at Toronto (1), Oakland (3), Texas (3)

The Red Sox take Thursday off and hope the Yankees and Blue Jays help them out (the New Yorkers may be a bit apathetic after clinching the division).

The Rays' Jeff Niemann (11-7, 3.95) was scheduled to pitch, but rookie Matt Moore may get the ball against New York and Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81)

The Angels' Ervin Santana (11-12, 3.40) opposes Toronto and Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.62)

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