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Red Sox Clinch Playoff Berth
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox are back in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.

The Red Sox clinched the AL wildcard berth when the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 5-2 Tuesday night and eliminated Texas from the race. That gave Boston its seventh wild-card berth, more than any other team in the majors.

The Red Sox had long since lost to Toronto, their fifth consecutive loss, and most of the players left Fenway Park to find someplace else to wait for the West Coast game to end. Slugger David Ortiz said he would come back to the clubhouse for the traditional spraying of the champagne.

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