Saturday, September 8, 2007

New York, New York: Mets, Yankees cruising toward post-season

American League NY Yankees 3 Kansas City 2 - The Yankees took another step towards the post-season, winning their third straight while maintaining their wild card lead at three games, though 2nd place was assumed by the Tigers, who knocked off Seattle - Seattle 1 Detroit 6 - in the first of their 3-game series. The Yankees got two of their runs in the 2nd inning, when Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada went deep with solo shots. Bobby Abreu knocked home Derek Jeter with the winning run in the 7th. Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 24th save. Boston 4 Baltimore 0 - The Red Sox kept the Yankees at bay as Jon Lester (right) picked up his 4th win without a loss, blanking the O's on 4 hits over 7 innings. Dating back to their record-setting 30-3 loss to Texas on August 22, the Orioles have lost 15 of their last 17 games. Cleveland 2 LA Angels 3, 10 innings - Garret Andersonhad an RBI for the 12th consecutive game, two short of Tris Speaker's AL record, set in May, 1928 with the Philadelphia Athletics. The Angels increased their lead in the division to 9 games over Seattle. Their magic number to clinch the division is 14. Other AL Scores Toronto 7 Tampa Bay 2 Oakland 3 Texas 5 Minnesota 10 Chi White Sox 11, 13 innings National League Chi Cubs 1 Pittsburgh 6 Milwaukee 4 Cincinnati 11 St. Louis 2 Arizona 4 - Call it the division nobody wants. All three leaders in the NL central went down in defeat on Friday. The Cubs and Brewers hold a one-game edge over the Cardinals. It's win or go home in the Central, as Chicago and Milwaukee both trail San Diego by 5 games in the wild card standings. While the top two were losing to non-contenders, at least the Cardinals can claim their loss was to a probable post-season squad, as Brandon Webb (15-11) shut the Cards down on 2 earned runs over 6 innings. In Cincinnati, Ken Griffey Jr. smacked his 30th home run (career #593). Prince Fielder hit his league-leading 42nd homer for the Brewers. Houston 3 NY Mets 11 - Carlos Beltran (right) hit his 28th home run as the Mets are cruising toward their 2nd straight NL East title with a 6 game lead over Philly. With just 22 games left to play, the Phillies look like they are going to have to settle for 2nd place, which may not be good enough for the wild card slot. Currently, the Phillies trail the Padres by 3 games. San Diego 4 Colorado 10 - The Rockies emptied their bullpen, using 10 pitchers in their win over San Diego, setting a National League record for a nine inning game. The Rockies are still thinking division or wild card. They are 5 back of Arizona in the NL West and 3 behind the Padres in the wild card race. Other NL Scores Florida 6 Philadelphia 3 Washington 1 Atlanta 7 LA Dodgers 4 San Francisco 5

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