User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Horses
Golf
Auto
Soccer
More
Betting Tools

 
Dodgers, Red Sox clinch playoff spots

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

There was an impromptu pool party in Arizona and quiet resolve in Boston. The NL Central got a little closer, and there was another tie atop the AL wild-card race. All this and more in a quick look at baseball's playoff picture:

Advertisement
THEY'RE IN: The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 7-6 to clinch the NL West title, and then celebrated with a quick dip in the swimming pool at Chase Field. The display irked Arizona general manager Kevin Towers and other members of the organization, but there was little that could be done.

Despite an NL-high payroll of $214 million-plus on opening day, the Dodgers got off to a 30-42 start and were last in the division before play on June 22. Los Angeles has gone 58-23 since, including an unreal 42-8 run.

WORK TO DO: The Red Sox clinched their first postseason berth since 2009, but they were mostly quiet following a 3-1 victory against Baltimore. The win secured at least a wild card for Boston and lowered its magic number to one for clinching the AL East.

A year ago, under Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox finished in last with a 69-93 record.

CENTRAL MATTERS: Pittsburgh stopped a three-game slide with a 10-1 victory over San Diego. St. Louis then lost 7-6 in 15 innings in Colorado, leaving the Pirates just one game back of the division-leading Cardinals in the crowded NL Central.

Pittsburgh hosts third-place Cincinnati on Friday night in the opener of a pivotal weekend set. The Reds are two games back of St. Louis, which is at Milwaukee on Friday night.

WILD, INDEED: The Rangers salvaged a split of their four-game series against the Rays, leaving the teams tied atop the AL wild-card race. Elvis Andrus drove in three runs in Texas' 8-2 victory at Tampa Bay.

Cleveland beat Houston 2-1 in 11 innings and trails the wild-card leaders by a half-game. The Rangers and Rays have 10 games left, while the Indians have nine games remaining.

QUOTED: ``I want to keep going. I think that we've got a couple of more steps to do. We've got to keep working and stay together all the way through to the end.'' - Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who had four hits and four RBIs in Los Angeles' division-clinching victory at Arizona.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Feist: Chalk could be costly
Lawrence: May Pitchers Report
Athletics rally to beat Yankees, 5-4
Kluber, Indians stop Mariners' streak
Red Sox end skid, rout Rangers
Orioles, White Sox split doubleheader
Hamilton back in Texas on home team
Cubs' Bryant quickly making his mark
Montreal mayor wants some MLB games
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
7-4 +489 L11, +2,334 This Year
2-0 Y'day, 5-1 Last 6 Picks
42-28, +2,383 Last 70 Picks
15-8, +1,064 Last 23 Picks
11-4 L15 Picks, 11-5 L16 G-Plays
+595 Last 4 Days, +1,539 TY
21-8 Last 29 Guaranteed Plays
12-7, +843 Last 19 Selections
8-3 L11 Guarantees, +894 TY
21-10 L31 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 +345 L5, 7-2 +545 L9
4-1 L5 Guaranteed Plays
15-7, +757 Record Last 2 Days
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2015 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2734
Joe Nelson + 2383
Bruce Marshall + 1539
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 2229
Kevin Rogers + 2179
Bruce Marshall + 1255
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 389
Scott Pritchard + 256
Chip Chirimbes + 112
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1213
Chip Chirimbes + 922
Dave Cokin + 735
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 686
The Gold Sheet + 557
Kevin Rogers + 555
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 1363
Mark Franco + 403
Kyle Hunter + 384
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb