Boston's Josh Beckett out-pitched New York's Chien-ming Wang, leading the Red Sox to a 10-1 trouncing of the Yankees in a key Major League Baseball matchup Saturday.
In a duel of pitchers looking for their 19th win of the season, Beckett reached that mark by allowing just three hits in seven innings of work. The Yankees dropped to five-and-a-half games behind the Red Sox for the American League East division lead.
The Detroit Tigers moved within two-and-a-half games of the Yankees for the American League wild-card playoff spot by edging the Minnesota Twins, 4-3. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-2. The Toronto Blue Jays downed the Baltimore Orioles, 8-3. The Cleveland Indians increased their lead in the Central division by shutting down the Kansas City Royals, 6-0. The West-leading Los Angeles Angels eked out a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. And the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers, 7-3.
In the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers pulled to within a game of the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the Central division. The Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3, while the Cubs split a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs won the first game, 3-2, but lost the night game, 4-3.
The San Diego Padres are just two games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the lead in the N.L. West after beating the San Francisco Giants, 6-0. Arizona dropped a 6-2 decision to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Philadelphia Phillies beat the East-leading Mets for the seventh straight time with a 5-3 win in New York. Florida's Miguel Cabrera hit his first career grand slam in the Marlins' 10-2 thumping of the Colorado Rockies. The Washington Nationals got by the Atlanta Braves, 7-4. And Houston scored seven runs in the fourth inning on the way to defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-7.
Some information for this report provided by AP.