Yanks clinch fifth-straight East title

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

DETROIT -- Andy Pettitte pitched seven strong innings and Mariano Rivera returned from the disabled list as the New York Yankees clinched their fifth straight AL East title with a 3-2 win Saturday over the Detroit Tigers.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pettitte (12-5) is the first pitcher since 1961 to get at least 12 victories in each of his first eight seasons. And he did it by sending the Tigers to their 100th loss.

Mariners 6, Angels 4

SEATTLE -- Anaheim third baseman Troy Glaus' throwing error led to four unearned runs in the fifth inning as the Angels were prevented from wrapping up their first playoff berth in 16 years with a loss to Seattle.

The Angels' magic number to clinch the AL wild-card is one, with seven games remaining. Anaheim ace Jarrod Washburn (18-5) will pitch Sunday against the Mariners as the Angels try to make the playoffs for the third time in their 42-year history.

Athletics 6, Rangers 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Pinch-hitter Greg Myers had a tiebreaking single and Oakland's bullpen pitched 2 2-3 hitless innings as the Athletics defeated Texas to open a two-game lead in the AL West.

One day after the A's clinched a playoff berth, they moved closer to winning the AL West for the second time in three years.

White Sox 14, Twins 4

CHICAGO -- Magglio Ordonez homered twice and drove in four runs, and Carlos Lee added a grand slam in seventh inning as Chicago defeated Minnesota.

Ordonez, who boosted his personal season-high homer total to 35, recorded his fifth multihomer game of the season and 13th of his career. Jose Valentin homered and doubled to drive in three runs for the White Sox, who moved above .500 for the first time since June 5.

Red Sox 3, Orioles 0

BALTIMORE -- John Burkett allowed two hits in eight innings, and Nomar Garciaparra drove in a run and scored one as Boston avoided elimination in the wild-card race by beating Baltimore.

The New York Yankees' 3-2 win over Detroit earlier in the day ousted the Red Sox from the AL East chase. Anaheim's 6-4 loss to Seattle kept Boston alive in the wild-card hunt, but one Anaheim win or one Boston defeat will eliminate the Red Sox from postseason contention.

Devil Rays 4, Blue Jays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carl Crawford hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay rallied to beat Toronto.

Damian Rolls had a one-out single off Pete Walker (9-5) and scored on Crawford's double to left-center field off Felix Heredia.

Royals 3, Indians 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Michael Tucker's two-out single in the ninth scored Chuck Knoblauch with the winning run as Kansas City defeated Cleveland.

Knoblauch led off the inning with a double off Terry Mulholland (3-2) and moved to third on Carlos Beltran's sacrifice bunt.

Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa were intentionally walked around Raul Ibanez's popup to second before Tucker delivered the game-winning hit.

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