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Updated: August 15, 2003, 11:13 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League
Boston Red Sox: If the Red Sox are able to reach the postseason, look no further than Manny Ramirez's ninth-inning, game-tying solo home run over the left field wall. Ramirez's long ball sparked Boston to a 4-2, 10-inning win at the Coliseum that once again placed them ahead of Oakland in the playoff chase. Entering Thursday's game, the A's were 58-0 this season when leading after eight innings and had won a preposterous 185 games in a row when taking a lead into the ninth.

New York Yankees: David Wells' back injury has finally opened the door for Sterling Hitchcock to throw out the first pitch. Hitchcock will start Saturday night against the Orioles. The 32-year-old signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Yankees after the 2001 season with the loose promise he would be the No.4 starter. The Yankees later acquired Wells, Jeff Weaver and Jose Contreras, nosing Hitchcock out of the rotation altogether.
Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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