The 12-year wait for the Red Sox is over. At last, they're the AL East champions. Moments after the Orioles beat the Yankees, completing Boston's clinch, Red Sox players popped champagne corks in their clubhouse while thousands of fans jumped at their seats, the echoes of their cheers spreading through the stadium. "I pulled my hamstring jumping off the couch," manager Terry Francona said. More than an hour earlier, Boston reduced its magic number to one with a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. And with those results, coupled with Cleveland's 5-3 win over Kansas City, the AL playoff pairings were set: The Angels will open at Boston, and the wild-card Yankees will start at Cleveland.
Red Sox Clinch AL East Title