All of the sudden, none of the American League playoff races are close.
Of course, the Yankees’ deficit has been lingering from 5-8 games for what seems like months.
But now the Tigers are 4.5 behind Cleveland (thanks to two straight losses to KANSAS CITY) and the Angels have widen their lead to 5 games over the Mariners.
But in the N.L., things are tightening up. Especially in the East. And the Central. And the West.
Last night, behind four straight wins, the Phillies closed the gap to 3 games. The Mets appeared to have tied the game in the top of the ninth, but Marlon Anderson was called out for interference, ending the game on a controversial note.
Either way, a loss is a loss, and the Mets now have four in a row. Philly goes for the sweep today at 1:05 EST.
Mets 2, Phillies 3: In addition to that helpful interference call, the Phillies got six strong innings out of Jamie Moyer, who gave up just two runs. The Philly offense was boosted by first inning home runs by the break-dancing Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 4: Roger Clemens somehow took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before giving up a solo shot to David Ortiz. Although it’s not time for Boston fans to jump off the ledge yet, Josh Beckett gave up a season-high 13 hits. The Yankees are now tied for first in the Wild Card race.
Angels 8, Mariners 2: This series was supposed to be crucial. We would have even taken competitive. The Angels closed out the sweep Wednesday behind solo home runs from Jeff Mathis and Vlad Guerrero. Jered Weaver went eight innings and gave up just one earned run. Up-and-down Seattle has now lost five in a row.
Diamondbacks 1, Padres 3: Speaking of sweeps, the Padres go for an important one today. Three straight wins have put San Diego in a tie for first out West, and a win today would put Arizona alone in second. On Wednesday, Micah Owings allowed just three hits and a run in seven innings, but got no help from his offense.
Blue Jays 4, Athletics 5 (F/11)
Twins 3, Indians 4
Devil Rays 5, Orioles 4 (F/12)
Tigers 0, Royals 5
White Sox 4, Rangers 5 (F/11)
Nationals 9, Dodgers 10 (F/12)
Rockies 8, Giants 0
Braves 7, Marlins 4
Reds 8, Pirates 0
Brewers 6, Cubs 1
Cardinals 0, Astros 7