Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington deserves credit for AL East title. Mike Hazen spoke to his predecessor before Wednesday's clincher. "Dave (Dombrowski) has said unequivocally through the course of the season that Ben had done a lot of great work here. He's never taken anything away from him, which we all respect. A lot of this club, Ben had a hand in. But Dave has really driven the bus this year."

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Marcus Smart could be the Celtics' X factor

Marcus Smart has shown glimpses of his potential. If the Celtics are to take a big step forward this year, Smart needs to make a leap of his own.

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Wednesday's Postseason implications

  • Red Sox clinch AL East title
  • Orioles beat Blue Jays to keep sole possession of second AL wild card
  • Mets' magic number shrinks to 2 after win plus Cardinals loss

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How Red Sox clinched the AL East

For the longest time, John Farrell couldn't bring himself to utter the word. But even after Wednesday's loss, it's OK to say "playoffs."

Red Sox are the 'team to beat' in AL (1:00)

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John Farrell: "I told them after the game, don't let one inning take away from what they've done for seven full months. They're AL East champions, we're AL East champions and we've got a lot of work left ahead of us. But one inning should not take away from the fact that we're champions."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scene from a division-clinching party: Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski walking around the clubhouse without his shoes. "It's fantastic, but you also know that this is only one step," he said. "This is great, and you can tell everybody's happy. But we have other goals left to achieve."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Principal owner John Henry on Red Sox's chances to play deep into October: "I feel pretty good. Let's put it this way: Where we are now, I wouldn't want to play us going into the playoffs."

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David Ortiz, as he entered raucous clinching celebration in Red Sox's clubhouse: "I wanted to celebrate on that field so bad, but it is what it is. We end up being the first place team in the American League, and we're going to celebrate anyway. I'm going to drown in this, man."

Yankees walk off; Red Sox clinch division (0:59)
Teixeira's grand slam lifts Yankees to walk off (0:33)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

And Mark Teixiera walks off the Red Sox with a three-run homer off Joe Kelly. This will be an awkward division-clinching celebration.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

28 pitches, no outs, one run in, bases still loaded, and that will be all for Craig Kimbrel. Joe Kelly will try to nail it down. Red Sox lead, 3-1, with Starlin Castro coming to the plate.

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Blue Jays lose, 3-2. Red Sox are AL East champs.

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Here comes Craig Kimbrel. Red Sox are three outs away from AL East title. Blue Jays, meanwhile, are down 3-2 with two outs in bottom of the ninth in Toronto.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pick your poison. Yankees picked Betts over Ortiz, and Mookie delivers two-run double. Red Sox lead, 2-0, six outs from AL East crown.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

A glimpse inside Celtics training camp as Boston players go through 2-on-1 drills.

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