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Red Sox don't let loss stop AL East title celebration

Wednesday's late meltdown against the Yankees only briefly dampened the spirits of the Red Sox, who clinched the AL East with help from the Orioles.

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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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Mets hold on to top wild-card spot

James Loney and Jay Bruce each hit home runs to help the Mets beat the Marlins and hold on to the top spot in the NL wild-card race.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Padres 6, Dodgers 5, Final. Dodgers fail to gain ground on the Nationals for home field in the NLDS. They remain two back with four to play.

John Jaso hits for cycle in Pirates' win

Jaso drives in five runs and hits the first cycle in PNC Park history in the Pirates' 8-4 victory over the Cubs.

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Tigers top Indians in rain-shortened game

Miguel Cabrera's three-run blast in the fifth inning is the difference in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the Indians.

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Kim hits pinch-hit game-winning homer

Hyun Soo Kim pinch hits in the top of the ninth and belts a two-run home run to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays and make the Red Sox American League East champions.

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Freeman extends hit streak to 30 games

Freddie Freeman owns the longest hitting streak of the season after a sixth-inning single in the Braves' 12-2 win over the Phillies stretched his streak to 30 games. Freeman passed Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. (29 games).

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Teixeira's grand slam gives Yankees walk-off win

Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, Mark Teixeira hits a grand slam into the right-field seats to lift the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon declared Chris Coghlan day to day after the outfielder left Wednesday's game against the Pirates with a minor left ankle sprain. The Cubs will monitor the swelling overnight and see how Coghlan feels on Thursday. He was injured running into the wall in left field trying to track down a fly ball.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

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."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

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."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Mark Teixeira became the first Yankees player to hit a walk-off grand slam against the Red Sox since Charlie Keller in 1942. It was Teixeira's first career regular season walk-off HR (he hit one in the 2009 ALDS). He had the most of anyone who didn't have a walk-off HR (he entered with 408). The new leader in that stat is ex-Tigers slugger, Norm Cash (377)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

After 13 years of Petco Park in San Diego, somebody has finally hit a home run on the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co., in a regular-season game anyway. The Padres' Hunter Renfroe, in his seventh career game, crushed one on top of the fourth floor of the brick building down the LF line. Perhaps more of those are coming from Renfroe, who already has four HRs in those seven games.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado became the 3rd player to record back-to-back 40-homer, 130-RBI seasons before turning 26. The other 2, per the Elias Sports Bureau, are Chuck Klein and Jimmie Foxx.

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The Red Sox clinched the AL East tonight ... but the Yankees beat them on this walk-off grand slam: es.pn/2dB9Yo1

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Nine hours after Jose Fernandez's hearse left Marlins Park, fans are still leaving messages on the wall. Their love knows no bounds.