AL hot corner


Quote: "We know what we have to do. If you win, you're in [the playoffs]. If not, you're playing golf on Oct. 2." - Red Sox reliever Derek Lowe

It's a fact: The Yankees' Denny Neagle has won his past four decisions.

Who's hot: The Athletics have hit 23 homers in their past 11 games.

Who's not: The A's Ben Grieve has hit into a major-league-leading 29 double plays this season, one short of the franchise record of 30 set by Billy Hitchcock in 1950.

On deck: Pedro Martinez (16-5) and the Red Sox face Charles Nagy and the Indians in the finale of a three-game series between American League wild-card contenders.

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