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Quote: "Sweeping in New York built a whole lot of confidence, but we know one road trip doesn't get us into the playoffs." -- Mike Stanley of the Red Sox, who began their final homestand with a 14-3 victory after completing a 9-3 road trip It's a fact: The Devil Rays' Roberto Hernandez converted his 19th straight chance and became the 20th AL reliever with 40 saves in a season.

Who's hot: In his past four games, the Yankees' Paul O'Neill has three homers, including a grand slam, and 13 RBIs.

Who's not: Against the Rangers, Red Sox and Yankees, three possible playoff opponents, the Indians are 9-21.

On deck: Jose Offerman can become the first major-leaguer to lead a league in triples in consecutive seasons with different teams. Offerman had 13 for the Royals last year and has 11 with the Red Sox this year.

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