Going the distance at the Trop...Red Sox clinch AL East...Scherzer wins 20th on fifth try
UNDATED (AP) — It took six hours, 54 minutes and 21 pitchers before the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted Baltimore 5-4 in 18 innings to remain on top in the American League wild card race. It was the longest game by time in Orioles history.
David DeJesus (deh-HAY'-zoos) ended it with a line drive single that scored Desmond Jennings, who opened the 18th with a double. The losing pitcher was Bud Norris, who was normally a starting pitcher for Baltimore.
The teams don't have much time to rest. They're scheduled for Game 2 of this series at 1:05 p.m. (Eastern) today at Tropicana Field.
The win means Tampa Bay and Cleveland own the top two wild cards, with Texas a half-game out of it. The loss dropped the Orioles two and a-half
In the rest of the AL:
__ They're celebrating in Beantown. The Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East title, getting seven strong innings from Jon Lester to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3. One night after securing their first playoff appearance since 2009, the Red Sox added their first division title since 2007.
__ Oakland's magic number for winning the AL West is two after they shut out Minnesota 11-0. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) and Josh Donaldson homered. The A's can clinch their second consecutive AL West title with a win today combined with a Texas Rangers loss.
— Max Scherzer became baseball's first 20-game winner, pitching through bad weather for six innings to help the Detroit Tigers to a 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Scherzer is 20-3, winning on his fifth attempt at win No. 20.
— Alex Rodriguez set a major league record with his 24th career grand slam, passing Lou Gehrig with a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning that sent the New York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants last night. Rodriguez's slam helped CC Sabathia beat Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners having subpar seasons.
__ Zach McAllister lasted five innings and the Cleveland Indians got two gift runs from Houston in a 2-1, rain-shortened victory over the Astros to remain near the top of the AL wild-card standings. The game was delayed for 1 hour, 9 minutes before the umpires decided to call it after 6 1/2 innings.
__ Kansas City nipped Texas 2-1. Neftali Feliz walked Alcides Escobar on four pitches with the bases loaded in the eighth inning for the go-ahead run. Texas dropped a half-game behind the Indians for the second AL wild-card spot with the loss.
__ The L.A. Angels outlasted Seattle 3-2 in 11 innings. Chris Iananetta had the game-winning hit in the 11th.
Over in the NL:
__ Cincinnati rallied for a 6-5 win in 10 innings in Pittsburgh. The Reds scored three in the ninth to tie and won it on Joey Votto's opposite field home run in the 10th. The Reds and Pirates climbed into a second-place tie behind St. Louis in the NL Central. Cincinnati has won four straight.
__ The Cardinals' lead in the NL Central is two games over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. The Cardinals outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in 10 innings. Carlos Beltran drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
__ Brian McCann's go-ahead single ignited a four-run ninth inning that gave Atlanta a 9-5 win over the Cubs and reduced the Braves magic number for clinching the NL East title to one. Chris Johnson went 3 for 4 with a home run and drove in a run in the winning rally.
__ The Washington Nationals broke a scoreless duel with seven runs in the sixth inning and pasted Miami 8-0. Jordan Zimmermann pitched a two-hitter for his 19th victory, most in the National League
__ David Wright homered in his return to the Mets lineup, Daniel Murphy had three hits and Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay maht-soo-ZAH'-kah) earned his second straight victory in New York's 6-4 win over Philadelphia. Wright had missed more than a month with a hamstring injury.
— Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES' cha-SEEN') tossed six shaky innings and helped himself with his first career home run and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4.
__ One night after clinching the NL West, the L.A. Dodgers were blanked 2-0 by San Diego. Robbie Erlin allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings and fellow rookie Jedd Gyorko hit his 20th homer.
Veteran pitcher retiring
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte (PEHT'-iht) says he will retire after this season. The 41-year-old left-hander says he has exhausted himself mentally and physically and knows the time is right.
This marks Pettitte's second stab at retiring as he called it quits after 2010 season. He sat out only one year before returning to the Yankees. He is scheduled to make two more starts this season, including Sunday when the club will honor Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium.
Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, also is retiring.
Pettitte holds major league records with 19 postseason wins and 44 starts. His final start is scheduled for next weekend in Houston, his hometown. He has 255 major league victories.
Jets, Pats pay up for melee
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets and New England Patriots were fined a combined $88,500 by the NFL for a sideline skirmish in their game last week.
Jets right guard Willie Colon led the way with $34,125 in fines. He was docked $26,250 for contact with an official, and $7,875 for punching an opponent. Colon said Thursday he planned to appeal the fine.
Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson was fined $15,000 for punching a Patriots player, while New England's Michael Buchanan, Alfonzo Dennard and Vince Wilfork were docked $7,875 each for throwing punches.
Baker not able to play
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will be without left tackle Sam Baker in Sunday's game at Miami. Baker missed practice all week with foot and knee injuries. The Falcons are a banged up team as they have lost five starters to injuries this week.
— Seattle has placed left tackle Russell Okung on injured reserve with a designation to return after suffering a torn ligament in a toe against the San Francisco 49ers last week. He'd expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks.
— Carolina starting cornerback Josh Thomas will not play Sunday against the New York Giants as he continues to recover from a concussion. Thomas had been listed as questionable on the team's initial injury report distributed on Friday, but after meeting with independent physicians later in the afternoon it was determined he's not yet ready to play.
— Baltimore running back Ray Rice is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Houston after he missed a third straight day of practice with a strained left hip flexor.
NFL-49ERS-ALDON SMITH-DUI ARREST
49ers Smith arrested
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say San Francisco All Pro linebacker Aldon Smith has been released from jail after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession.
Smith later took to the practice field with his teammates Friday afternoon at team headquarters in Santa Clara. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters Friday that he expects that Smith will play Sunday when the Niners host the Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park.
Report: Foster says he took money while at Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee. Foster says in the EPIX documentary he had no money at the time, and is convinced he was doing no harm.
Sports Illustrated first reported Foster's comments in the documentary, "Schooled: The Price of College Sports."
Foster, who played for the Volunteers from 2005-08, expanded on his comments Friday after the Texans' practice.
He says he feels "very strong about the injustice the NCAA has been doing for years," calling the NCAA big-wigs "bullies."
Newman sets qualifying mark
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Ryan Newman turned a track record lap to win the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and headline a top 12 loaded with Chase drivers for Sunday's NASCAR race. Chase for the Sprint Cup championship drivers filled 10 of the top 12 qualifying spots. Kasey Kahne (KAYN) was second, Jeff Gordon third and Kurt Busch was fourth for what will be the second Chase race.
Stenson looks good
ATLANTA (AP) — Henrik Stenson shot a 4-under 66 in the second round to seize control at the Tour Championship. Stenson opened a four-shot lead over Adam Scott who shot a 69. Stenson is in position to claim the $10 million top FedEx Cup prize with a victory in the final playoff tournament.
Twenty-year old Jordan Spieth (speeth) had a 67 and was five shots behind.
Tiger Woods played his last five holes in 6-over par for a 71 and was 14 shots out of the lead.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-HAWAII CHAMPIONSHIP
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — At the Hawaii Championship on the Champions Tour, the first round leader is Mark Wiebe (WEE'-bee) after his 8-under 64. That's good for a two-shot lead over Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah) and John Cook.
Oracle stays alive again
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA stayed alive in the America's Cup for the second straight day, pulling away from Emirates Team New Zealand to win the re-sail of Race 13 by 1 minute, 24 seconds.
The first attempt at Race 13 was abandoned because of a time limit with the Kiwis far ahead of Oracle Team USA in light, shifty wind on foggy San Francisco Bay.
New Zealand needs just one more win to claim the Cup.