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September 24, 2008|From the Associated Press

* at Minnesota 9, Chicago 3: Javier Vazquez lasted just four innings and the Twins pulled within 1 1/2 games of the White Sox in the Central. Vazquez (12-15) gave up five runs and seven hits, including a two-run homer and a triple to Jason Kubel, whose Twins practically need a sweep to position themselves for a fifth division title in seven years.

* Tampa Bay 5-7, at Baltimore 2-5: The Rays reduced their magic number to win the East to two with the sweep. After James Shields pitched seven strong innings in the opener, Tampa Bay rallied to win the nightcap.

* New York 3, at Toronto 1: Mike Mussina pitched five shutout innings to earn his 19th win.

* at Boston 5, Cleveland 4: The Red Sox clinched a playoff spot by beating Cliff Lee (22-3).

* at Texas 6, Oakland 4: Hank Blalock hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning for the Rangers.

* Kansas City 5, at Detroit 0: Zack Greinke and Leo Nunez combined for a four-hitter.

* at Seattle 9, Angels 6: Kenji Johjima drove in three runs to lead the Mariners as they rallied from a four-run deficit.

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