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Red Sox loss hands title to Yankees


New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera celebrates with teammates after the Yankees clinched the AL East in Toronto on Wednesday.


The New York Yankees clinched their ninth consecutive American League East title when the second-place Boston Red Sox lost to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

The Yankees began the day needing one win or a loss by the Red Sox to wrap up the division championship -- and their 12th straight playoff berth. New York lost 3-2 in Toronto on Wednesday, but Boston's game went final about 30 minutes later.

Last season, New York clinched the AL East title with a win in Boston on the penultimate day of the regular season.

Tigers 6, White Sox 2

At Chicago, Curtis Granderson had three hits and Magglio Ordonez and Ivan Rodriguez homered to help Detroit Tigers maintain its slim lead in the AL Central.

Twins 8, Red Sox 2

At Boston, Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning for Minnesota in the wine that allowed the Yankees to clinch their ninth consecutive AL East title and the Twins to remain one-half game behind Detroit in the AL Central.

Mariners 6, Rangers 3

At Arlington, Texas, Baek Cha-seung allowed two runs and four hits over 6 2-3 innings and Raul Ibanez homered as Seattle eliminated Texas from the AL West race.

Devil Rays 4, Orioles 2

At St Petersburg, Florida, Ty Wigginton helped Tampa Bay snap a season-high, nine-game losing streak, hitting a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning.

Angels 3, Royals 0

At Kansas City, Missouri, Kelvim Escobar combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and Orlando Cabrera drove in three runs for Kansas City, which learned manager Buddy Bell will be taking a leave of absence for medical tests.

Athletics 4, Indians 3

At Oakland, California, Milton Bradley homered and singled in the tying run, and Frank Thomas hit a go-ahead double to lead Oakland past Cleveland.

Edgar Gonzalez held the San Diego Padres to six hits over seven innings to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-2 victory on Wednesday.

The Padres remained a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 6-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pirates 6, Dodgers 4

At Los Angeles, NL batting leader Freddy Sanchez matched a career high with four hits and Pittsburgh's Shawn Chacon outpitched Greg Maddux.

Brewers 1, Cardinals 0

At Milwaukee, Geoff Jenkins homered leading off the bottom of ninth and rookie Carlos Villanueva combined with two relievers on a four-hitter to lead Milwaukee over St Louis.

Phillies 6, Cubs 2

At Philadelphia, Brett Myers pitched his first complete game in 13 months and Chase Utley hit a two-run homer to lead Philadelphia.

Astros 7, Reds 2

At Houston, Roger Clemens pitched six scoreless innings in his final home start of the season for win No. 348 to lead Houston.

Giants 7, Rockies 4

At Denver, Barry Bonds' pinch-hit, run-scoring single in the eighth broke a tie game and helped San Francisco snap a four-game losing streak.

Marlins 6, Mets 3

At New York, Dontrelle Willis hit two home runs and pitched into the ninth inning to lead Florida.

Braves 7, Nationals 3

At Washington, Brian McCann, Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur homered to lead Atlanta. Lance Cormier (4-5) allowed two runs.

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