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Red Sox clinch postseason berth in wee hours of morning

Rob Bradford
September 21, 2017 - 2:45 am

BALTIMORE -- By the time the Red Sox were officially a postseason team, they were already jetting their way to Cincinnati.

After the Sox took care of their part of the bargain with a 9-0 win over the Orioles Wednesday night, the second part of the equation when it comes to narrowing the Magic Number to 0 unfolded in Anaheim a few hours later. Once the Indians beat the Angels, 6-5, the Red Sox were guaranteed at least a spot in the American League Wild Card Game, which is to be played Oct. 3.

The Red Sox hope, of course, is to avoid the one-game play-in by winning the American League East. John Farrell's club owns a three-game lead over the Yankees for the top spot in the division heading into the Sox's off day, Thursday.

"I think any win  this time of the year given where we are in the standings and what is at stake, any win is important," Farrell said. "Just getting into the playoffs is not our goal. Certainly it’s a stepping  stone toward other things that we have our sights set on, as many teams do. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us."

"I'm not worried about anybody else doing anything for us. We know what we have to do," said Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale. "We're just worried about our business, worried about what we have to do in going out there to win games. I don't know what the [magic] number is, I don't know who needs to do what. I know if we keep winning games, we're going to put ourselves in a good position, and that's really all that matters to us."

For more on what the Red Sox and Yankees are facing in the last 10 regular season games, click here.


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