Saturday September 07, 2013 | 10:26 AM

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.

The numbers: 

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).

Division Leaders
Boston 86-57
Detroit 82-59
Oakland 81-60

Wild Card
Texas 80-60
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.


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