Red Sox clinch AL East title, go from worst to 1st again

Dustin Pedroia and pinch runner Marco Hernandez of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after both scored in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Dustin Pedroia and pinch runner Marco Hernandez of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after both scored in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – The Boston Red Sox have won the American League East, clinching the division championship when the Toronto Blue Jays lost to Baltimore.

David Ortiz and the Red Sox, who had already secured at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs, will open their postseason schedule Oct. 6 seeking a second World Series crown in four years. The team’s first opponent has not been determined yet.

Boston’s game against the New York Yankees was in the middle of the ninth inning Wednesday night when the Orioles finished off their 3-2 victory at second-place Toronto. The Red Sox began the night needing a win or a Toronto loss to wrap up their eighth AL East title.

The Yankees celebrated for a slightly less important reason. Mark Teixeira delivered a walk-off grand slam home run to give them a 5-3 win.