The New York Yankees clinched their 15th post-season berth in the past 16 years with a 6-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
New York starter C.C. Sabathia (21-7) allowed one run in eight-and-one-third innings to match Andy Pettitte’s 21 wins in 1996 and 2003 for the most victories by a Yankee since Ron Guidry got 22 in 1985.
Sabathia, who struck out eight, has a career record of 5-1 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts at Rogers Centre.
The Yankees have reached the post-season every year but one since 1996, with the absence coming in 2008 when they finished third in the AL East, behind Tampa Bay and Boston.
New York remains half a game behind the Rays in the fight over the honor of AL East winner.
Making his third career start, Toronto’s Kyle Drabek (0-3) allowed three runs in six innings.
WHITE SOX 5, RED SOX 4
In Chicago, the home team fought back to beat Boston as the Red Sox bowed out of playoff contention.
Paul Konerko tied the game in the eighth inning with a run-scoring double and Dayan Viciedo won it with a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth.
Chris Sale (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win for the White Sox, who snapped a seven-game home losing streak.
Juan Pierre singled with one out in the ninth off Michael Bowden (0-1). He stole second and third before Mark Teahen walked. Viciedo ended the game with a single.
ROYALS 10, TWINS 1
In Kansas City, Missouri, Kila Ka’aihue hit two home runs and drove in a career-high four runs as Kansas City thrashed Minnesota.
The Twins have dropped a season-worst five straight since clinching the AL Central title.
Ka’aihue hit a three-run homer in the first off Nick Blackburn (10-11), then led off the second with another long shot for his first career multi-homer game.
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He almost had a third in the seventh, sending a drive off the right-field bullpen fence for his first big league triple.
Royals starter Sean O’Sullivan (4-6) held the Twins to one run in six-plus innings.
RAYS 5, ORIOLES 0
In St Petersburg, Florida, Tampa Bay clinched its a playoff berth by beating Baltimore.
Rays starter David Price pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing only one runner past second. He struck out eight and walked none in what likely will be his final start of the regular season.
Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena hit solo homers off Orioles starter Brad Bergensen (8-11).
ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 2
In Anaheim, California, Torii Hunter opened the scoring with a home run and his center field replacement, rookie Peter Bourjos, robbed Landon Powell of a homer to lead Los Angeles over Oakland.
Bourjos also lost a home run when a video replay showed his drive toward the left field pole was foul, not fair as the umpire had ruled. Instead of a three-run homer, Bourjos returned to the plate and flied out.
Angels starter Dan Haren (4-4) allowed two runs over six innings, striking out five and walking one.
A’s starter Dallas Braden (10-14) gave up 10 hits over seven innings.
MARINERS 3, RANGERS 1
In Arlington, Virginia, Felix Hernandez allowed only one run over eight innings to guide Seattle past AL West champion Texas.
Hernandez (13-12) became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2002 and only the seventh since 1980 to have a season with 30 starts in which he went at least six innings while conceding three earned runs or fewer. He lowered his AL-best ERA to 2.27 in what might have been his last start of the season.