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Sale, Stanton continue dominance in impressive showings (1:04)
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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers had a chance to clinch the NL West on Wednesday, but instead suffered a third straight loss to the lowly Phillies, who will go for the series sweep on Thursday. The Dodgers are 5-20 over their past 25 games and their magic number remains at two. The Red Sox did clinch at least a wild-card spot with their win and the Angels' loss. Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 8 (to win AL East) Cubs: 8 (to win NL Central) Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card)

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Sale 'unaware' he hit 300 Ks (1:02)
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Sale reaches 300 Ks as Red Sox top O's (0:41)

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Chris Sale became the second-pitcher in Red Sox history with 300 K in a season, joining Pedro Martínez who did it in his Cy Young winning 1999 season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale's most frequent strikeout victims in 2017: Aaron Judge and Steven Souza Jr. (10 apiece). Next up: Peter Bourjos and Jose Bautista (8 apiece).

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Sale reaches 300 K's on the season (0:32)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale records his 300th strikeout of the season by catching Ryan Flaherty looking. High-fives all around for Sale, who becomes only sixth lefty in AL history to fan 300 in a season and first since Randy Johnson in 1993.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Sale with his 13th strikeout of the game and 300th of the season! He's the first AL pitcher to get there since Pedro Martinez in 1999 and just the seventh lefty in AL history, joining Rube Waddell, Sam McDowell, Randy Johnson, Mickey Lolich and Vida Blue.

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Marrero pads Boston's lead with long ball (0:30)
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Betts lines 23rd homer to give Red Sox lead (0:25)
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Brady calls Watt a 'special player' (0:44)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady shrugs and smiles when told that Bill Belichick doesn't plan to buy his book. He says he might have to give him the book for Christmas.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Let's talk magic numbers. The Astros, Indians and Nationals have already clinched division titles, and the Dodgers can join them tonight. Their number is two, so they need a win over the Phillies -- the Phillies won the first two games of the series -- and a Diamondbacks loss to the Padres to pop the champagne. Will they stay up in Philly to possibly celebrate? Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 9 Cubs: 9

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What to watch for on Wednesday night

As the Red Sox go for the sweep against the Orioles (7 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN App), all eyes should be on Chris Sale, who has a chance to be the first AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999 to top 300 strikeouts in a season.

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