AL Division

Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano #58 of the Chicago White Sox talks with A.J. Pierzynski #12 during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

White Sox Lose To Royals, Magic Number Remains 12

Alex Rios was thrown out at the plate, Alexei Ramirez was picked off third base and the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox again failed to come up with a clutch hit in a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.


Matt Moore #55 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws against the Texas Rangers during Game One of the American League Division Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 30, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Rays Open Playoffs With 9-0 Victory Over Defending AL Champion Rangers

Matt Moore looked like an ace in pitching seven innings of two-hit ball Friday as the improbable Tampa Bay Rays opened the real playoffs with a 9-0 victory over the defending AL champion Texas Rangers.