Monday September 26, 2011 | 06:29 AM

Jacoby Ellsbury's 14th-inning home run is the kind of dramatic moment that may catapult the Boston Red Sox into the post-season.

But I don't think the Baltimore Orioles care about that.

The Orioles have gone 12-7 in their last 19 games, beating good teams (Yankees, Rays, Angels, Tigers). They won 3-out-of-4 in Boston last week.

Boston has Josh Beckett (13-6), who gave up a season-high 6 earned runs in his last outing, against Baltimore. The Orioles counter with Tommy Hunter (4-4).

Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Yankees face the Rays. New York's pitching staff was depleted by Sunday's doubleheader, and New York is not going to blow out anybody's arm to win a meaningless game. The Yankees starter has not been determined. Tampa Bay has James Shields (15-12).

Here are the standings: 

Wild Card
Boston 89-70
Tampa Bay 88-71 (1 back)
LA Angels 86-73 (3)

Boston's magic number to clinch the wild card: 3.

Remaining Games:
BOSTON (3): at Baltimore (3).

TAMPA BAY (3): New York (3).

LA ANGELS (3): Texas (3)

The playoff seeds at the moment:
1. New York 97-62
2. Texas 93-66
3. Detroit 92-67
4. Boston (wild card)

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