The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"It was never about us, and it isn't about us. It's all about supporting Nick's family in any small way, and we're going to bring Nick's memory forward."
-- Angels Manager Mike Scioscia invoking the memory of pitcher Nick Adenhart after the team clinched the AL West title
Ervin Santana threw a complete game shutout and got a ton of run support as the Angels stormed the Rangers to clinch their third straight AL West crown. For Santana, it was his first win in six starts dating back to Aug. 22. Los Angeles had three three-run innings and got multi-hit games out of four different players as it heads to the postseason for the sixth time in the past eight years.
Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers
The first game of a four-game series between two teams separated by two games in the AL Central was rained out in Detroit. The game will be made up today as part of a day-night doubleheader that now provides even more drama. By the end of today it's possible that the two teams could be tied with only seven games left in the season.
Boston's pitching situation may have gotten even more complicated as Josh Beckett was scratched from this start due to back spasms. With Beckett now nicked up, Jon Lester hoping to bounce back after being hit by a come-backer and Tim Wakefield nursing a bad back, the Red Sox may be in real trouble once they reach the postseason. Regardless, the Blue Jays were able to show the kind of offensive power they displayed earlier in the season when they led the AL East. The two teams combined to hit six home runs in the rain-shortened series opener.
The Orioles decided to go to 11 and did so in painful but familiar fashion. The Baltimore bullpen squandered a three-run lead, allowing the Rays to score four runs between the seventh and eighth innings and send the Orioles to their 11th loss in a row. Tampa Bay only tallied seven hits but four were home runs.
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