The Juice: Red Sox finish with best record, Chris Davis finishes with 53 home runs

David Brown
Big League Stew

Season No. 6 of the Juice is ovah! Thanks for stopping by during the regular season for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. We'll see you in 2014. Stay tuned to The Stew for playoff results!

The Boston Red Sox fell 7-6 to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday in a game that had "an exhibition feel" at Camden Yards. Regardless, the Red Sox finished with the best record in the league (tying with the St. Louis Cardinals) and get a few days off before beginning the AL Division Series on Friday.

Slugger David Ortiz said the Red Sox will be ready to re-start after missing the playoffs the past three seasons.

'We are right where we need to be,'' Ortiz said. ''You want to make sure that you're in the playoffs, and now it's all about surviving.''

The Orioles aren't returning to the playoffs, but they might be a better team heading into 2014 than they were in 2013. And they'll have the reigning home run champion.

Chris Davis, who left in the fourth inning because of a sprained left wrist, finished with 53 dingers and 138 RBIs to lead the majors. He was hurt at first base reaching for the ball when Jacoby Ellsbury ran by. It could have been worse.

''Nothing serious, no broken bones, no fractures, just sprained my wrist,'' Davis said. ''They said it would probably be sore for a few days. It's not going to affect anything going into the offseason, nothing like that. I was really glad to hear that.''

Pirates 4, Reds 2: Bucs complete the sweep at Cincy to finish with 94 victories, and get a playoff game at home against Reds, but it's winner-take-all at PNC Park on Tuesday.

Rangers 6, Angels 2: The Rangers needed to win seven straight just to get to game 163. If they make it eight straight, they'll return to the playoffs.

Rays 7, Blue Jays 6: Rays set for one-game tiebreaker against Rangers on Monday that leads to another one-game playoff against the Indians on Wednesday.

Indians 5, Twins 1: Right-hander Justin Masterson got the first out of the regular season and last out for the Tribe. Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher are geeked about it, too. Or maybe it's that they qualified for the wild card.

Marlins 1, Tigers 0: A fine ending to a funky season for the Fish, right-hander Henderson Alvarez pitched the fourth season-ending no-hitter ever. The Tigers have the playoffs to make themselves happy.

Braves 12, Phillies 5: The Braves finished with 96 victories, their most in nine years, but they need 11 more to win the World Series.

Cardinals 4, Cubs 0: Team Fredbird has home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Royals 4, White Sox 1: The Royals finished 10 games over .500, their best season in 24 years. The White Sox bid adieu to Paul Konerko. But is it good-bye?

Yankees 5, Astros 1 (14 inn.): The Yankees bid adieu to Robinson Cano. But is it good-bye?

Mets 3, Brewers 2: Son-of-a-speedster Eric Young won the NL stolen base crown with 46.

Giants 7, Padres 6: Slugger Hunter Pence wasting no time earning his new $90 million contract.

Athletics 9, Mariners 0: Bob Melvin should use rookie Sonny Gray as a starter in the playoffs. I think he'll make the right decision.

Rockies 2, Dodgers 1: It's definitely good-bye to Todd Helton.

Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 2: And to you, Davey Johnson.

''He's served his suspension. It is what it is. Justice has been served.''

— Evan Longoria, on slugger Nelson Cruz being activated from his suspension in time for Game 163.

• Only three players in the NL — Paul Goldschmidt, Pedro Alvarez and Jay Bruce — hit more than 30 home runs. SABR reports that it's the first time that's happened since Barry Bonds, Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield did it in 1992.

• Kevin Siegrist of the Cardinals posted a 0.45 ERA, the best all-time for a pitcher with at least 30 innings pitched.

• Koji Uehara finished with the lowest a 0.565 WHIP, the lowest all-time for someone with at least 40 innings pitched.

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