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How the 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."

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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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

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

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."

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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.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

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.

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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Lineup: Red Sox (92-65) at Yankees (81-76)

  • 1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (R)
  • 2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
  • 3. David Ortiz, DH (L)
  • 4. Mookie Betts, RF (R)
  • 5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B (R)
  • 6. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
  • 7. Brock Holt, 3B (L)
  • 8. Andrew Benintendi, LF (L)
  • 9. Sandy Leon, C (S)
  • SP: Clay Buchholz, RHP

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Pomeranz on pitching out of bullpen for Red Sox in postseason: "I don't know if that's a sure thing." Bullpen session Thursday might help determine his role going forward. Soreness is localized to his forearm, he says, likely a result of career-high workload.

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Sox seeking first Yankee Stadium clinch

With the Red Sox a win away from clinching the AL East, the Elias Sports Bureau notes that they have never locked up a postseason berth with a win at Yankee Stadium. They did clinch the AL pennant in 1904 at Hilltop Park, the then-home of the Yankees, however.

Red Sox's celebration put on hold

With a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday, the Red Sox's magic number to clinch the AL East remains at one. When they do, they will become the first team in MLB history to go worst-to-first twice in a five-year span, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2841st
On Base Percentage.3501st
Slugging Percentage.4651st
Earned Run Average4.018th
Quality Starts86Tied-5th

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