Saturday, December 7, 2013
BOSTON — Before Wednesday’s game at Fenway Park, manager John Farrell was asked about the possibility of facing the Cleveland Indians (and old friend Terry Francona) in the playoffs.
“There would be a lot of stories to all of it, if that’s the way it works out,” Farrell said.
The Indians would be a better alternative to another team, say the Baltimore Orioles. After Baltimore’s 5-3, 12-inning win at Fenway on Wednesday, the Orioles are 9-6 against Boston this season. They are the only AL East team with a winning record against the Red Sox.
One positive sign Wednesday was the 8-strikeout performance of Jake Peavy.
Tampa Bay also went 12 innings on Wednesday, beating the Rangers on a Desmond Jennings RBI single. So the magic number for Boston to clinch the division remains at 3 (i.e., no clinching today).
Oakland and Cleveland both lost, so that helped the Red Sox with a couple of other magic numbers.
Red Sox 92-61
Rays 83-68 (8 games back)
Orioles 81-70 (10)
BOSTON’S MAGIC NUMBERS
To clinch a playoff spot: 1
To clinch the AL East: 3
To clinch the best record in the AL: 8
Boston (9): Orioles (1), Blue Jays (3), at Rockies (2), at Orioles (3).
Rays (11): Rangers (1), Orioles (4), at Yankees (3), at Blue Jays (3).
Tampa Bay 83-68
Cleveland 82-70 (0.5 game back)
Baltimore 81-70 (1)
Kansas City 80-72 (2.5)
New York 80-72 (2.5)
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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