Wednesday September 05, 2012 | 06:36 AM

Junichi Tazawa used to be the mop-up guy. On Tuesday night, he entered the Red Sox game in the seventh inning with two runners on, one out, and Boston leading 4-3.

Tazawa got out of the jam and the Red Sox held on to win 4-3. Tazawa's ERA is now 1.64.

Tonight in Pawtucket, the Red Sox Triple-A club and the Yankees' Triple-As face off in the first round of the International League playoffs. Nice to see former Sea Dogs manager Arnie Beyeler still enjoying success.

Orioles won and Yankees lost. The AL East is all tied up. Meanwhile, the Padres won, to remain "tied" with Boston for ninth in the "race" for a good drafting position next year.

The standings:

Yankees 76-59
Orioles 76-59
Rays 75-61 (1.5)

A’s 76-59
Orioles/Yankees 76-59
Rays 75-61 (1.5 back)
Angels 73-63 (3.5)
Tigers 72-63 (4)

Astros 42-94
Cubs 51-84
Twins 56-80
Rockies 56-78
Indians 58-78
Marlins 60-76
Blue Jays 60-75
Royals 61-74
Red Sox 63-74
Padres 63-74
Mets 64-72
Seattle 66-71
Brewers 66-69
Diamondbacks 67-70

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