ANAHEIM, Calif. - Brett Gardner scored the tiebreaking run on Alex Rodriguez's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and New York celebrated clinching their 14th playoff appearance in 15 seasons with a 6-5 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Rodriguez homered and drove in three runs before Mariano Rivera earned his 41st save for the Yankees, who were guaranteed a return to the postseason about 55 minutes before the last out in Anaheim when Oakland beat Texas 9-1.
MARINERS 4, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jose Lopez hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and Seattle beat Tampa Bay, eliminating the defending AL champions from the postseason.
Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run homer for the Mariners, who ended Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak.
TIGERS 3, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND - Edwin Jackson pitched seven shutout innings and remained unbeaten against Cleveland this season as first-place Detroit remained 2.5 games in front of Minnesota in the AL Central.
TWINS 8, WHITE SOX 6
CHICAGO - Michael Cuddyer hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth and Matt Tolbert homered in the same inning for Minnesota.
ROYALS 5, RED SOX 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Zack Greinke held Boston to two hits in six scoreless innings.
Greinke (15-8) is 3-0 with an 0.26 ERA in his past five starts, allowing 18 hits and one earned run in 35 innings. With the stretch, Greinke has lowered his major league-leading ERA to 2.08. He became the first Royal to win at least 15 games in a season since Paul Byrd won 17 in 2002.
BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 5
TORONTO (AP) - Aaron Hill doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning and Toronto handed Baltimore its sixth straight loss.