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Red Sox clinch top seed in the AL playoffs

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 28, 2013 07:10 PM

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BALTIMORE — Seattle defeated Oakland, 7-5. The Red Sox have clinched the best record in the American League.

That means the wild card winner will play at Fenway Park on Friday in Game 1 of the Division Series. The Sox also have home field advantage for the entire postseason.

At 95-66, the Athletics cannot finish ahead of the Red Sox, who are 97-63 going into tonight's game against the Orioles. The game in Seattle ended three minutes after the first pitch here in Baltimore.

Thank Brad Miller. He homered twice and drove in five runs for the Mariners.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Here's the wild-card tiebreaker scenario via MLB:

In the event of a two-way tie between the Rangers and Rays for the second wild card berth, the tiebreaker game will be played on Monday at 8:07 p.m. (ET).

Texas holds the tiebreaker over Tampa Bay because of its 4-3 edge in the season series; thus, the Rangers would host a tiebreaker game against the Rays for the second wild card berth.

In the event of a three-way tie for both wild card spots, the first tiebreaker game, which would feature the Indians hosting the Rays, will be played on Monday at 4:07 p.m. (ET). The winner of Monday’s game would earn a wild card berth.

The second tiebreaker game, which would feature the Rangers hosting the loser of Monday’s game, will be played on Tuesday at 4:07 p.m. (ET). The winner of that game would earn the other wild card berth.

Home-field advantage in the wild card game would be determined by the winner of the head-to-head season series.

The AL wild card game will be played Wednesday at 8:07 p.m. (ET)

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