NEW YORK (AP) – Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL’ih-BAHN’-yehz) tied it with a pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning then had an RBI single in the 12th as the New York Yankees remain a game up on Baltimore in the AL East with one game to go by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 last night. If the teams end up even after today’s games, they’ll play a tiebreaker Thursday in Baltimore with the winner AL East champ and the loser going in as the wild card.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)- The Oakland Athletics beat Texas 3-1 last night and will play the Rangers today at home for the AL West title. The two-time AL champion Rangers send out 7-3 Ryan Dempster against the Athletics’ A.J. Griffin, who is 7-1. Today’s winner is division champion, the loser goes in as a wild card.
UNDATED (AP) – The race for best record in the National League will come down to the last day of the season as well. Both the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals have 97 victories entering today’s games, although the Nationals own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)- Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera will be at his regular post at third base for the season finale today in his attempt to become baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years. Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.331), homers (44) and RBIs (139) – the Triple Crown, last achieved by Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski (yah-STREM’-skee) in 1967.
NEW YORK (AP) – After another unproductive session, NHL labor talks broke off yesterday with no progress reported. The league says NHL teams have lost nearly $100 million in revenue as a result of the canceled preseason and next week’s scheduled start of the regular season likely will be the next casualty.