Still in limbo in the AL East and WestUNDATED (AP) - Nothing is settled yet in the American League East. It will come down to the final day of the regular season -- and maybe even require a one-game playoff on Thursday.
-- Raul Ibanez hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth and then delivered a game-winning single in the 12th as the New York Yankees beat Boston 4-3. The Yanks retained their one-game lead over Baltimore entering tonight's regular-season finale.
-- Chris Davis homered for the sixth straight game and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a club-record 15 strikeouts by James Shields to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0. If the Orioles win and the Yanks lose tonight, those teams will meet in a one-game playoff Thursday in Baltimore to decide which wins the division and which goes in as the wild card.
-- There will be a one-game winner-take-the-AL-West game today between Oakland and Texas. Travis Blackley allowed one run over six innings that helped the Athletics move into a first-place tie in the AL West with Texas and set up a one-game showdown for the division title with a 3-1 victory over the Rangers last night. The winner gets the division title. The loser goes in as the wild card.
In the rest of the AL:
- Miguel Cabrera had two hits and drove in two runs before leaving in the fifth inning, and the K.C. Royals rallied to beat his AL Central champion Tigers 4-2.
- Jason Donald singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox 4-3
- Chad Jenkins earned his first major league win, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3.
- Kyle Seager became the first Seattle batter to hit 20 home runs in a season since 2009 with a solo shot in the first inning and the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-1.
Over in the NL:
-- The Washington Nationals helped their chances for best record in the league by winning their 97th game, 4-2 over Philadelphia. Adam LaRoche hit his career-best 33rd home run and reached the 100 RBI mark.
-- San Francisco eliminated the L.A. Dodgers from the wild card chase with a 4-3 victory. The Dodgers came up short in the ninth when Mark Ellis flied out with the tying run on second base.
- The Cincinnati Reds kept pace with the Nationals by beating St. Louis 3-1, but the Cards still clinched the final wild card berth when the Dodgers lost. Mat Latos won his fourth straight decision to finish the regular season and Scott Rolen homered.
- Kevin Correia pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Garrett Jones homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates won consecutive games for the first time in four weeks, beating the Atlanta Braves 5-1.
- New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey failed in his bid to win his 21st game and gave up two homers in his final start of a Cy Young-hopeful season and the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins in 11 innings 4-3.
- Rookie Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam and the Milwaukee Brewers used 10 newcomers in beating the San Diego Padres 4-3.
-- Aaron Hill hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give Arizona a 5-3 win over Colorado.
--Bud Norris pitched six shutout innings, Jason Castro homered and the Houston beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 in a matchup of 100-loss teams.
Cabrera won't back into crown
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Miguel Cabrera won't back into the Triple Crown.
The Detroit third baseman plans to start the final game of the regular season today as he stalks the first Triple Crown in 45 years.
Now, though, the spotlight shifts squarely to the broad shoulders of Cabrera, who started at third base in last night's 4-2 loss at Kansas City. He had a pair of singles and drove in two runs in his first two at-bats before flying out to right and leaving the game in the fifth inning.
Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.331), homers (44) and RBIs (139) - the Triple Crown, last achieved by Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
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