MLB Wrap: Yankees climb in AL wild-card hunt

MLB Wrap: Yankees climb in AL wild-card hunt
September 11, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Mariano Rivera picked up his 43rd save of the season in the Yankees' 5-4 win over Baltimore on Wednesday. (USA Today Images)

After showing interest in Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton earlier this season, the Phillies seem to still have a thing for the coveted outfielder (see story).

Also, Freddy Galvis was the latest young Phillie to reward Ryne Sandberg for having faith in him by sparking the club's 4-2 win over the Padres (see story).

Now, here's a quick look at some notable MLB games from Wednesday evening:

Yankees hit 3 HRs in win over Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees also got solo shots from Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson in a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

The Yankees moved past Baltimore and Cleveland in the AL wild-card hunt. New York has hit eight home runs in winning two of three in the four-game series that concludes Thursday night.

The Yankees trailed 3-1 before Granderson homered in the fifth - New York's first hit - and Rodriguez tied it in the sixth with his 653rd career home run.

In the ninth, after Cano connected off Tommy Hunter (4-4), Granderson tripled with one out and scored on an infield hit by Lyle Overbay (see full recap).

Pirates complete sweep of Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- These Pittsburgh Pirates keep saying their goal this season was always bigger than just having a winning record.

The American League better watch out if they are able to make it to their first World Series since 1979.

Clint Barmes homered and drew a bases-loaded walk as the Pirates completed a three-game series sweep in an interleague matchup of wild-card leaders with a 7-5 victory Wednesday over the slumping Texas Rangers.

"You see how close this race is, so that's the way we've been taking it every day," Barmes said. "And I don't see that changing" (see full recap).

Royals take 2 of 3 in key set vs. Indians
CLEVELAND -- The Kansas City Royals believe they are in the American League playoff chase to stay. They might start convincing others, too.

The Royals gained ground in the wild card race on Wednesday with a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Kansas City took two of three in the series between clubs that are in contention for the second wild card spot in the AL.

The Royals, who entered Wednesday trailing Tampa Bay by three games, moved a game closer to the Indians. Cleveland came in 1 1/2 games behind the Rays (see full recap).