Thursday, December 12, 2013
With the Red Sox win and Rays loss Friday night, Boston's magic number to clinch the division is 14. In their quest for the best league record and home-field advantage in the playoffs, the Red Sox are two games ahead of Detroit in the loss column.
Red Sox 86-57
Rays 77-63 (7.5 games back)
Orioles 75-65 (9.5)
Yankees 75-66 (10)
Boston’s magic number: 14
Boston (19): at Yankees (2), at Rays (3), Yankees (3), Orioles (3), Blue Jays (3), at Rockies (2), at Orioles (3).
Rays (22): at Mariners (2), Red Sox (3), at Twins (3), Rangers (4), Orioles (4), at Yankees (3), at Blue Jays (3).
Tampa Bay 77-63
Baltimore 75-65 (2 games back)
Cleveland 75-65 (2)
New York 75-66 (2.5)
The Yankees blew another lead again Boston. The New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand called the Yankees bullpen a "Bridge to Nowhere"
Meanwhile, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara reached a distinguished mark of perfection. He has retired 27 straight batters.
Boston's offense has scored 41 runs in the last three games. John Lackey (8-12, 3.22) is hoping for a little of that run support today. The Yankees counter with lefty David Huff (2-0, 1.13). Claimed off waivers from Cleveland in May, Huff was called up in August and has been superb in the pen. He makes his first Yankees start today.
Pawtucket took a 2-1 lead in its playoff series with Rochester, winning 5-1. Steven Wright: 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K.
In the Eastern League, Trenton reached the championship series, beating Binghamton 3-0 for a three-game sweep ... Harrisburg took a 2-1 series lead with 4-1 victory over Erie.
The Salem Red Sox begin their Carolina League championship series today.
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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