Red Sox - 101 000 000 - 2 8 0The Red Sox had runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Jacoby Ellsbury grounded weakly back to Mariano Rivera and the Yankees finished a three-game sweep and clinched the AL East.
Yankees - 001 002 01x - 4 10 1
Texas led the Rays 5-0 after seven innings, but lost 7-6. Boston's WC Magic # is 2.
Paul Byrd (6.04, 78 1ERA+) / Andy Pettitte (4.15, 108 ERA+)
Bad news: The Yankees (with a magic number of 1) can clinch the East with a win this afternoon. New York will likely celebrate winning the division at home, but how's about we have them do it on Monday against the Royals? Just for appearance's sake.
Byrd was the ultimate mixed bag [against the Royals] in his last start, giving up a five-spot in the first inning and then being unscored on for the remainder of an outing that lasted 6.2 innings. ...The Red Sox are 6 GA of the Rangers in the Wild Card, with a magic number of 3. Baring some bizarre effing disaster, the final week of the regular season will be little more than exhibition games, getting everyone ready and rested for the ALDS. Rays/Rangers at 3 PM.
Coming back after skipping one turn through the rotation to alleviate fatigue in his left shoulder, Pettitte showed signs of rust in the first inning against the Angels on Monday, quickly running up his pitch count ... Completing the sixth inning and reporting that his shoulder felt strong enough to continue pitching, Pettitte was instead pulled after 91 pitches.