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Red Sox beat Blue Jays to clinch AL East

Sep 20, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

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Jon Lester struck out eight in seven innings and Koji Uehara picked up a five-out save Friday as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-3 on Friday and clinched the AL East title.

Lester allowed just one run in seven innings to improve to 5-1 in his last seven starts. He’s turned in nine straight quality starts, allowing one run or fewer in five of them.

After Junichi Tazawa gave up a two-run homer and a single in the eighth, Uehara was called on to get five outs and did so for his 20th save. He did give up two singles along the way; it’s the first time since July 6 that he’s given up two hits in an appearances. It was the fourth time in the last month that he’s pitched over an inning for a save. The only reliever with more than four such saves this season is the Angels’ Ernesto Frieri with seven.

For the Red Sox, the win culminates a worst-to-first season that’s seen them go from 69-93 to 94-61 and counting. It’s their first AL East title since 2007 and just their since since 1995. They currently have the best record in baseball, setting them up to have home-field advantage throughout the postseason. That’s pretty big considering that they’re 52-27 at Fenway Park this year. The Red Sox haven’t won a postseason series since 2008, when they beat the Angels in the ALDS before losing to the Rays. They were swept by the Angels in the 2009 ALDS and they missed the postseason the following three seasons.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Congrats

  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    How awesome is it that the Blue Jays took on the Marlins awful contracts and they both still ended up in both of their respective cellars?

    Just accept that you’re the Blue Jays and the Marlins….you got a couple of random championships and now you’re relegated to being made fun of by real baseball teams for the foreseeable future.

    Trade between yourselves all you want….but you’re still the Blue Jays and Marlins. And you’re going to be terrible no matter what you do. Accept it.

    • thomas844 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Unless one of them wins another random championship.

    • chill1184 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      How the hell do you call winning the World Series random?

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Well….random would be unexpectedly winning a World Series during an extended period of being awful.

        Like the Marlins. 4 years under .500 a World Series, 5 years under .500 a World Series, then a decade of mediocrity.

        Now granted, the Blue Jays were fairly decent before they went back-to-back, but the 20 years of playoffness following their last WS, in retrospect, makes those look pretty damn random. At least from where I’m sitting.

      • Mark - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        By random, he means that the Jays had a period where they won 89, 89, 99 (first), 86, 96 (second), 87, 89, 86, 91 (lost in ALCS), 96 and 95 (back to back WS). And then their core broke up, and they started losing. So it’s “random” that they won the World Series. Not that they had a great run between 1983-1993, and then failed to reach the playoffs again, but a random stroke of luck.

        Basically what he’s saying is Pat Gillick got lucky between 1983-1993, as GM of the Jays.

    • cur68 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Yeah! Same way the Red Sox accepted it after all those DECADES of losing. A Century, wasn’t it? Yeah! …Oh. Wait..(/re-reads headline). Huh. They didn’t accept? Really? But…it seems like the right thing to do…

      Ok then. The Rangers! They’ve sucked FOREVER! They should just accept i….wait…wait a minute…(/checks Ranger’s record). Never mind.

      I know! The Giants! I remember them sucking! THIS SEASON even. Will they accept it? I mean, according to that sage advice up there ^^^ that’s what they should do…right?

    • theskinsman - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:57 AM

      What’s awesome is the contracts the yankmes have with Aroid,Cheeseburger cheeseburger and jetes,and the production they got from them over the season. Couple that with the inexplicable decisions to keep trotting out Hughes and that mental midget Joba, and you have cause for celebration.

    • Mark - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      The Jays didn’t lose because they acquired the Marlins players. They lost because their 2B/C were the worst in the league, LF was bottom 5, because Morrow was out for the year and Dickey underperformed thanks to injuries. Certainly didn’t help that the back end of the rotation was a joke in Happ/Romero.

      Outside of JJ the Marlins guys didn’t stop the Jays from winning. Reyes had a solid season even though he missed some time due to injuries, and Buehrle was essentially the Jays best SP.

      The Jays didn’t suck because they acquired guys from the last place Marlins, it’s because of a combination of their homegrown guys and other acquisitions holding them back.

  3. blackdonnelly - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Way to go Red Sox!!!!!

    Now, eliminate those Yankees and I can sleep at night……..

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      I’d rather face the Yankees in the playoffs than, say, the Orioles, quite honestly.

      • theskinsman - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:58 AM

        The only way the yankees see the playoffs is if they watch on TV or buy a ticket.

      • theskinsman - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:00 AM

        Aces, no doubt, but I can’t see how a 4th place team gets to the playoffs.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:50 AM

        Well yeah, but the 2-3-4 places were close enough at one time that the Yankees could leapfrog the Rays and Orioles with an epic run.

        Ain’t gonna happen now, no.

  4. sabatimus - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Clinch the Clench!

  5. thebadguyswon - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Can’t wait to see them lose in October. Go Tigers (or Rays) (or A’s) (or Rangers)!

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    tigers will handle the sox this year, that is without a question. the jays? will they will continue to lose next year and the year after and after that and……..

    • theskinsman - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:53 AM

      Harry, go back to handling yourself, as that’s all you’re really qualified to comment on.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:55 AM

        Are you sure that Harry knows how to handle himself? That skill may be lacking.

      • theskinsman - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:18 AM

        From the tone of the humanoids’ posts,I’d venture he is lacking in many areas.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:19 AM

        True!

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