September 28, 2013

G161: Orioles 6, Red Sox 5

Red Sox - 000 111 200 - 5 14  0
Orioles - 011 020 02x - 6 12  1
Boston will finish the 2013 regular season with the best record in the American League. The Red Sox were awarded home field advantage for the entire postseason when the A's lost to Seattle this afternoon.

Daniel Nava went 4-for-4. ... Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the second straight night. ... David Ross drove in two runs. ... Lester (5-9-4-2-4) threw 97 pitches in a tuneup before his ALDS start.
Jon Lester / Wei-Yin Chen
Victorino, CF
Drew, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Napoli, DH
Gomes, LF
Nava, RF
Snyder, 1B
Ross, C
Middlebrooks, 3B
David Ortiz now has seven seasons with 30+ homers and 100+ RBIs for the Red Sox, tying him with Ted Williams for the most in team history.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his 40th double of the season last night, setting a single-season record for a Red Sox catcher. The old record of 39 was held by Carlton Fisk (1978) and Jason Varitek (1999).

AL's Best Record/Home Field Advantage
           W-L    GB   Schedule
Boston    97-63  ---   at Orioles (2)
Oakland   95-65  2.0   at Mariners (2)
The Red Sox have clinched home field advantage for the ALDS. Game 1 - against (most likely) the winner of the Wild Card game - will be Friday at Fenway Park. Another win (or an Oakland loss) will give the Red Sox HFA for the entire postseason.

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