Archive for Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Yankees take over first place in AL East

September 27, 2005


— For the New York Yankees, this one was worth the wait.

After enduring two rain delays totaling nearly two hours, the Yankees regained sole possession of first place in the AL East with an 11-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

The victory moved the Yankees a half-game ahead of the Boston Red Sox, whose home game against Toronto was rained out. New York is within two games of the Chicago White Sox in the race for the best record in the AL.

Tigers 4, White Sox 3

Detroit - Curtis Granderson's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Detroit a victory over the White Sox.

Chicago's lead in the AL Central dropped to two games over idle Cleveland, and its magic number remained at five to clinch the division. The White Sox had a 15-game lead on Aug. 1, and if they fail to finish in first it would be one of the biggest collapses in baseball history.

Angels 4, Athletics 3

Oakland, Calif. - Steve Finley hit a two-run homer, John Lackey pitched six strong innings, and Los Angeles moved within one victory of clinching its second straight division title with a victory over the Oakland.

The Angels opened a five-game lead and lowered their magic number to two.


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