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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Sep 30, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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There was significant movement Saturday in Major League Baseball’s divisional and Wild Card races.

The Yankees failed to capitalize on several scoring chances, falling 3-2 to the Blue Jays. The Orioles, meanwhile, bested the Red Sox by a score 4-3. There’s now a tie atop the American League East.

The Tigers rode another fine outing by Justin Verlander to a 6-4 win over the Twins and the White Sox lost 10-4 to Tampa Bay. Detroit has a two-game lead in the American League Central standings with four games to play.

In the National League, the Cardinals lost 6-4 in extra innings to the Nationals and the Dodgers blanked the Rockies 3-0. Los Angeles is suddenly just two games back for that second Wild Card spot.

It’s all setting up for a dramatic finish. Wednesday marks the end of the regular season.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Yankees 2, Blue Jays 3

Rays 10, White Sox 4

Tigers 6, Twins 4

Mariners 4, Athletics 7 (10 innings)

Angels, Rangers (Postponed)

Red Sox 3, Orioles 4

Reds 1, Pirates 2

Astros 5, Brewers 9

Mets 0, Braves 2

Royals 7, Indians 6 (14 innings)

Phillies 9, Marlins 5

Nationals 6, Cardinals 4 (10 innings)

Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 8

Giants 3, Padres 7

Rockies 0, Dodgers 3

  1. legacybroken - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Miggy also tied Hamilton for the lead in Homeruns putting him Triple Crown position which along with making the playoffs which should rightfully nab him the MVP.

    • gpatrick15 - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Shhh! Didn’t they tell you home runs, RBI, and batting average don’t matter anymore, despite the fact that most of the leagues elite players hover near the top portion of each category? It’s all about those newfangled sabermetrics, ya hear?

      • Glenn - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        Seriously?

    • raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      Unless of course some voters get a wild hair and think that the #2 in batting average, who happens to be a far better fielder and a far better base runner, is more deserving.

  2. dondada10 - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I didn’t realize Craig Kimbrel was that nasty. I mean, I saw his stats and knew what he was up to. But when he had two on, he threw several untouchable pitches to Ike Davis and Lucas Duda.

    He was literally unhittable.

    • kiwicricket - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Davis and Duda make plenty of pitchers look unhittable

      • natslady - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Yeah, but Kimbrel is still THAT good. There is no 9th inning when he goes out there.

  3. rockthered1286 - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    LET’S GO O’S!!!!

    Machado… What can you really say about the kid?! Unbelievable talent and a class act. Not the best start from Stevie Johnson but quite the lockdown job by the pen. All tied up in the AL Beast. Love to get some separation heading into the final series!

  4. Old Gator - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    I was contemplating the genius of Peter Angelos during a steam punk acoustic celtic band performance at the good ole Luna Star Cafe last night while watching between tunes on my cellphone video as the Feesh and Feelies dragged their game along for over four hours to its more or less inevitable conclusion. The genius of Angelos has a timeless quality that made the perpetual monotony of the Feesh game irrelevant. Only the Iron Giant”s π inning popup that landed by the Budweisass sign in deep center field ruptured the ennui of watching Ricky Nolasco’s evil pod twin gag up a four run lead and then watching the boolpen take eleven parsecs to pad the agony. Time and space: that dilated temporal duration on that little, retina-detaching screen.

    Ah, but what of that. I do love discussing the Babbage difference engine with marinated barmates to rollicking old Irish folk songs, though, and I hope to live long enough until someone composes a second tune. Meanwhile, did you know that the theme song to Gilligan’s Island was a madrigal? No? Well, it is. Humm it slowly to yourself.

    • kiwicricket - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Was Bree working??

      • Old Gator - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Brie, like the cheese. Yep. The Lissome One looked especially fetching in her steam punk post-pre-William Gibson nineteenth century industrial sprawl dish-abille with Borg goggles, H. G. Wells alien planet backpack and torn fishnet stockings. Since she is, ethnically, Brazillian-Irish (unholy, that), she fit in at every level.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      What’s the band?

      • Old Gator - Sep 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        The band was Celtic Mayhem: http://www.celticmayhem.net/ They’re an Irish offshoot of a Macondo area band called Three Jacks, which does medieval, renaissance and victorian British and Irish high octane folk in the manner of Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention.

        They’ve got a performance of “Whiskey in the Jar” on YouTube someplace. And yeah, they really do look like that. FYI their “Whiskey” is right up there with the Grateful Dead’s version, except the Dead had no fiddle that night and Celtic Mayhem never unleashed a pennywhistle that I can recall, And the fiddler is ackcherley a marine biologist from the Virginia Key marine research center. He specializes in something weird, like sulfur metabolism in deep ocean vent worms or what have you. Hellish fiddle player, though.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        Thanks, I’ll check it out. I’m a Flogging Molly fan, so they might be to my liking.

  5. gotampabay52 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Wish the Red Sox would try a little in september to finish strong. O’s watch your selves the last three games and we are three behind watch yourselves

    • raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      The Rays do still control their own destiny, but I’d feel better if the A’s and Angels would stub their toes a few times too. The odds are long, but it’s still fun watching the end-of-season dog fight.

    • randomdigits - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Hate to tell you this, but you are four behind.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Oops, you’re right. Guess the Rays need a little help, eh?

  6. APBA Guy - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Greatest A’s game in 6 years. Speechless. Spectacular. 21,000 sounded like 101,000. Four more to go, the A’s need to win 2.

    • clydeserra - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      4.

    • Old Gator - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      This is clearly not the time for any more slippage on the Hayward Fault. The brilliant Lew Wolf is in real estate, right? Just tell him to give his piledriver crews the next few weeks off.

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