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No MLB promotion schedule called Tuesday "Night Owls Night" but that was surely the case as there were three big pennant-race events that happened in the 1 a.m. neighborhood.

---The Red Sox clinched the AL wildcard when the Angels eliminated the Rangers with a 5-2 win in Anaheim. That came nearly three hours after Boston's 8-7 loss at Fenway to the Blue Jays. Many Red Sox players left the park and came back later to celebrate the end of the Rangers' playoff hopes. So the verdict sets the AL division series: The Red Sox and Angels will meet (again) while the Yankees play the AL Central winner, be it the Tigers or Twins. (After salvaging a doubleheader split, Detroit has a two-game lead and a magic number of four heading into tonight's 7 p.m. game on ESPN).

---The Rockies took a three-game lead in the NL wildcard chase as pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to beat the Brewers, 7-5. Milwaukee had tied the game in the ninth with a stunning three-run homer by Jason Kendall off Rockies closer Huston Street.

---The Dodgers' magic number in the NL West remains stuck at one for the third day in a row after a 3-1 loss at San Diego.

---Mike Harrington


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