Red Sox complete Yankees sweep
The Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees 9-2 at Fenway Park on Sunday night to eliminate the reigning champions from the American League East race.
Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI as the Red Sox sealed a three-game sweep and opened up an advantage of 9 1/2 games over the second-placed Tampa Bay Rays.
The Detroit Tigers moved a step closer to clinching the AL Central title, trimming their magic number to nine with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Alex Avila drilled the go-ahead solo shot - his second homer of the day - in the eighth frame.
Matt Carson, Nick Swisher and Asdrubal Cabrera all went deep as the Cleveland Indians trounced the Chicago White Sox 7-1 to get themselves only a half-game behind Texas and Tampa Bay for top spot in the AL wild-card standings.
Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick homered as Oakland completed a three-game sweep of Texas with a 5-1 victory which handed the Athletics a 6 1/2-game cushion over the Rangers atop the AL West, while the Minnesota Twins - spurred by Josmil Pinto's tie-breaking three-run homer - rallied for a 6-4 success against Tampa Bay.
In other AL action, Danny Valencia's two-run double lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays and Jerome Williams pitched seven strong innings in the Los Angeles Angels' 2-1 triumph over the Houston Astros.
The St Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates remained tied for the lead in the National League Central after both posting wins on Sunday.
Yadier Molina went 4-for-5 with a solo homer as the Cardinals toppled the Seattle Mariners 12-1 in interleague play, while Justin Morneau's go-ahead single in the eighth helped the Pirates edge the Chicago Cubs 3-2.
The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers went down 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants, pinch-hitter Brett Pill's tie-breaking solo shot in the eighth inning proving decisive.
Atlanta's magic number also remained at four after they too were humbled, Burch Smith allowing just three hits in seven innings as the San Diego Padres overcame the NL East-leading Braves 4-0 in their series finale.
Elsewhere in the National League, the Washington Nationals stayed in contention for the second wild-card spot with an 11-2 success against the Philadelphia Phillies, rookie Travis d'Arnaud hit a game-winning single in the 12th inning to hand the New York Mets a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins, the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 and the Arizona Diamondbacks prevailed 8-2 against the Colorado Rockies.