Boston Red Sox

Red Sox-Royals: Boston's Magic Number Down to Three with Win Over Kansas City

Amanda BrunoCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2009

Is it time to be really excited yet?

Clay Buchholz went 6 2/3 innings and allowed no runs on five hits with eight strikeouts as the Boston Red Sox split a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals with a 10-3 win Thursday night.

The combination of a Red Sox win and Texas Rangers loss to the Oakland Athletics drops the magic number to clinch the American League Wild Card to three games.

Boston travels to New York to take on the Yankees for three games in the Bronx, and the Rangers will host the Tampa Bay Rays Friday-Sunday.

The Sox playoff starting rotation is really starting to take form with the trio of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and Buchholz.

Best 1-2-3 punch ever? It just might be.

Like what you see? Follow me on Twitter

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices