Monday September 16, 2013 | 01:54 AM

Boston swept its weekend series against he Yankees, reducing its magic number to four, while officially eliminating the Yankees from winning the AL East.

The Red Sox won and Clay Buchholz stayed unbeaten even though his command was off. See today's column.

The numbers:

AL EAST
Red Sox 92-59
Rays 81-67 (9.5 games back)
Orioles 79-70 (12)

BOSTON’S MAGIC NUMBERS
To clinch a playoff spot: 3
To clinch the AL East: 4
To clinch the best record in the AL: 11

REMAINING GAMES:
Boston (11): Orioles (3), Blue Jays (3), at Rockies (2), at Orioles (3).
Rays (14): Rangers (4), Orioles (4), at Yankees (3), at Blue Jays (3).

Division Leaders
Boston 92-59
Oakland 88-61
Detroit 86-63

Wild Card
Texas 81-67
Tampa Bay 81-67
Cleveland 81-68 (0.5 game back)
Baltimore 79-70 (2.5)
New York 79-71 (3)
Kansas City 78-71 (3.5)

Boston is off today, but other key games are being played, including two games that feature three former Tampa Bay pitchers and one current one: Cleveland (Scott Kazmir) is at Kansas City (James Shields), while the Rangers (Matt Garza) visit the Rays (Alex Cobb).

The Yankees are also off today, and play in Toronto Tuesday.

Speaking of the Yankees, their Double-A affiliate in Trenton may have won the Eastern League title, but the Yankees are producing few prospects, and their future is looking shaky, accoring to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

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