MLB roundup: Yankees going to playoffs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. ó The New York Yankees are headed back to the playoffs, clinching their 14th appearance in 15 seasons with the Texas Rangers’ 9-1 loss at Oakland.
That game ended while the Yankees led the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 in the eighth inning.Tigers 3, Indians 1
CLEVELAND ó Edwin Jackson pitched seven shutout innings as first-place Detroit remained 21/2 games in front of Minnesota in the AL Central.
Ryan Raburn homered in the third off Aaron Laffey (7-7) and the Tigers tacked on two runs in the eighth off.
Twins 8, White Sox 6
CHICAGO ó Michael Cuddyer hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth and Matt Tolbert homered in the same inning.
The Twins won for the eighth time in nine games despite blowing two leads.
Mariners 4, Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó Jose Lopez hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, eliminating the defending AL champs from the postseason.
Royals 5, Red Sox 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Zack Greinke held Boston to two hits in six scoreless innings.
Greinke (15-8) is 3-0 with an 0.26 ERA in his past five starts, allowing 18 hits and one earned run in 35 innings. With the stretch, Greinke has lowered his major league-leading ERA to 2.08. He became the first Royal to win at least 15 games in a season since Paul Byrd won 17 in 2002. Byrd (1-2) was the losing pitcher.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 5 (11)
TORONTO ó Aaron Hill doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th. Hill, who hit a solo homer, reached 100 RBIs for the first time.
Cardinals 11, Astros 2HOUSTON ó Joel Pineiro allowed five hits in seven innings, and Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer for St. Louis.
The Cardinals reduced their magic number for clinching the division to two.
Dodgers 14, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON ó Rafael Furcal drove in four runs and Hiroki Kuroda allowed four hits over six innings for L.A.
The Dodgers lowered their magic number for clinching a postseason berth to three.
Phillies 9, Marlins 3 (1st)
Marlins 3, Phillies 0 (2nd)MIAMI ó Anibal Sanchez allowed two hits in eight innings to give Florida a split.
Joe Blanton gave up two hits in seven shutout innings in the Game 1 win that reduced Philly’s magic number for clinching the NL East to five.
Braves 3, Mets 1
NEW YORK ó Jair Jurrjens dominated New York again and Yunel Escobar hit a two-run single for Atlanta.
Atlanta, which has won six straight road games and 10 of 12 overall, lost All-Star catcher Brian McCann to a bruised left wrist in the fourth.Jurrjens (13-10) improved to 6-1 in eight career starts against the Mets, including 4-0 in five outings this year.
Cubs 7, Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE ó Derrek Lee hit his 35th homer and drove in two runs for a career-high 109 total to lead the Cubs.
Lee has 10 homers in his last 20 games and leads the majors with 24 since July 1.
Chicago can be eliminated from the NL Central race with a loss today and a victory by St. Louis over Houston.
Reds 10, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH ó Scott Rolen had three hits and three RBIs, Joey Votto had three doubles as Pittsburgh (56-93) lost for the 21st time in 24 games, its worst stretch since it lost 24 of 28 in 1985.
Rockies 11, Padres 10
DENVER ó Brad Hawpe homered for the first time since Aug. 29 and Colorado held on despite a four-run ninth-inning rally by the Padres.
The Rockies scored every way imaginable: on an inside-the-park homer from Clint Barmes, once on a balk and twice on wild pitches.MINOR LEAGUES
Bulls 5, Redbirds 4
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Rashad Eldridge raced home on a wild pitch by Oneli Perez in the bottom of the 11th as the Durham Bulls beat the Memphis Redbirds in the Triple-A championship game.