After clinching another postseason trip, there were no high-fives or celebratory handshakes in the New York Yankees' clubhouse. It was business as usual.
Derek Jeter hit a leadoff home run, Jon Lieber pitched into the eighth inning and the Yankees clinched their 10th consecutive playoff berth with a 7-3 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays yesterday.
John Flaherty also homered for the Yankees (96-57), who are assured of no worse than a wild-card spot. They're guaranteed of finishing among the top two in the AL East, and no team can finish second in the AL Central or AL West with more than 95 wins.
"We don't come in here saying, 'Let's get to the postseason,' " Jeter said. "We've made the postseason before. We want to win the division."
* RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 4: The way David Dellucci's luck had been going at the plate, he figured his hard-hit liner would be caught for the final out.
"I went from frustration to elation," he said.
Dellucci's hit was just out of the reach of a diving Jermaine Dye, and skipped into the right field corner. The double drove home two runs to give Texas a win at home and a three-game sweep of Oakland.
Texas, a surprise contender after four straight last-place finishes, moved within two games of the AL West-leading Athletics with 10 to play.
* WHITE SOX 7, ROYALS 6: Joe Crede hit a game-winning three-run shot in the ninth -- his second homer in two innings -- to lead the White Sox in Chicago. Aaron Rowand and Ross Gload also homered for Chicago, which has won three straight games.
Trailing 6-1 in the eighth inning, the White Sox started their comeback against Kansas City starter Mike Wood.
* INDIANS 9, TWINS 7: Cliff Lee won for the second time since July 16 and rookie Grady Sizemore hit a two-run homer, leading Cleveland at home. Lee (12-8) made it through 52/3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. The performance wasn't pretty, but the left-hander will take it after going 1-7 with a 10.03 ERA in his previous 11 outings.
Sizemore homered in the fifth inning as the Indians built a 7-2 lead and hung on to snap a four-game losing streak against the playoff-bound Twins.