Saturday September 21, 2013 | 10:06 AM

Just think if the Boston Red Sox lost Friday night and had to wait until the Tampa Bay Rays-Baltimore Orioles game finished to find out if they clinched the AL East.

That Rays-Orioles game went 18 innings, involved 21 pitchers, and lasted nearly 7 hours. Tampa Bay won 5-4 on a walk-off RBI single by David DeJesus and the tired Orioles (they got into St. Petersburg at 3 a.m. Friday morning) fell farther back in the Wild Card race.

As for the Red Sox, they have a new target: Winning home field advantage in the AL playoffs. The A's are close behind.

The numbers:

Boston 94-61
Oakland 91-63
Detroit 90-64

To clinch the best record in the AL: 6

Boston (7): Blue Jays (2), at Rockies (2), at Orioles (3).
A’s (8): Twins (2), at Angels (3), at Mariners (3).

Wild Card
Tampa Bay 84-69
Cleveland 84-70
Texas 83-70 (0.5 game back)
Baltimore 81-71 (2.5)
Kansas City 81-72 (2.5)
New York 81-73 (3)


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