Monday, December 9, 2013
Josh Donaldson's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave Oakland a 2-1 win over the Angels late Tuesday night.
The puts Oakland only two games behind Boston in the loss column as the teams vie for the best record in the American League. And Detroit is a game behind Oakland.
Red Sox 92-60
Rays 82-68 (9 games back)
Orioles 80-70 (11)
BOSTON’S MAGIC NUMBERS
To clinch a playoff spot: 2
To clinch the AL East: 3
To clinch the best record in the AL: 9
Boston (10): Orioles (2), Blue Jays (3), at Rockies (2), at Orioles (3).
Rays (12): Rangers (2), Orioles (4), at Yankees (3), at Blue Jays (3).
Tampa Bay 82-68
Cleveland 82-69 (0.5 game back)
Baltimore 80-70 (2)
Kansas City 79-72 (3.5)
New York 79-72 (3.5)
Boston still might celebrate a playoff berth tonight. See today's column.
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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