Thursday September 26, 2013 | 05:34 AM

Will Middlebrooks swatted two home runs, one a grand slam, while recording seven RBI in Boston's 15-5 win over the Rockies.

Also of note is the return of Jacoby Ellsbury, playing with small, still-mending fracture at the top of his right foot. Ellsbury went 1-for-2 with a walk. After his third plate appearance, Ellsbury came out of the game, as planned. Gordon Edes of espn.com/Boston has the story.

Boston's win, coupled with the A's 3-1 loss to the Angels, puts the Red Sox two games ahead of Oakland with three games to play.

Both the Yankees and Royals lost on Wednesday and were eliminated from playoff contention. It had been a rare feeling for both fan bases. Kansas City fans are not used to having a contender so late in the season, and New York fans are not used to a baseball-free October.

The numbers: 

RACE FOR BEST AL RECORD
Boston 96-63
Oakland 94-65 (2 games behind)
Detroit 93-66 (3)

BOSTON’S MAGIC NUMBER
To clinch the best record in the AL: 2

REMAINING GAMES:
Boston (3): at Orioles (3).
A’s (3): at Mariners (3).
Tigers (3): at Marlins (3)

Wild Card
Tampa Bay 89-69
Cleveland 88-70
Texas 87-71 (1 game back)

TODAY’S GAMES
Rays at Yankees
Indians at Twins
Angels at Rangers

FRIDAY’S GAMES
Red Sox at Orioles
A’s at Mariners
Tigers at Marlins
Rays at Blue Jays
Indians at Twins
Angels at Rangers
 

 

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