League East championship with an 11-6win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.Boston Red Sox RedSoxAnd the AL East goes to... THE BOSTON RED SOX!!!  E4ebdYXQoHBy beating New York Curtis Granderson Jersey ,the Red Sox reached 104wins, nine ahead of the Houston Astros. Boston is also on pace to seta franchise record for most victories in a season a bid to best the 1912 squad that racked up 105 wins.The Red Sox were the first team to clinch a playoff berth when they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Sept. 11. Their subdued celebration indicated the job was far from over.Steven Wright Knucklepuck23Playoff bound!!!! lMylEfEdZq"It's a nice accomplishment, but this isn't what we set out to do," Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi said, per the Eagle-Tribune's Chris Mason. "We still have a lot of things to prove. The goal is to win the World Series."The Red Sox's mindset is understandable. Two years ago, the Cleveland Indians swept the Sox out of the American League Division Series. A season ago Jaime Garcia Jersey , the World Series champion Houston Astros brushed them aside in four games in the ALDS.The 2018 Red Sox have the pieces to get to the Fall Classic.Chris Sale is enjoying a campaign that may have culminated in his first Cy Young Award had shoulder issues not kept him out for a stretch. The seven-time All-Star is12-4 with a 1.92ERA and 222 strikeouts in 150innings.Just as important, Rick Porcello, David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez have meet or exceeded expectations. Having a strong three- or four-man rotation is imperative in the playoffs, and the Red Sox's starters shouldn't be an issue in October.That's the case with the starting lineup as well, as J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey ,Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi anchor one of the most fearsome offenses in baseball.According to FanGraphs, Boston entered Thursdayfirst in slugging percentage (.448), first in weighted on-base average (.336) and tied for fourthin weighted runs created plus (108).The next task will be wrapping up home-field advantage.Boston has gone 54-21 at Fenway Park, the best home record in MLB.The playoffs can be a bit of a crapshoot. For example, two of Boston's playoff losses in 2016 were decided by one run apiece.Because of that, it's difficult to label any season that doesn't end in a World Series title a disappointment. But a number of Red Sox fans will likely consider anything short of a ninth championship an underwhelming conclusion to an otherwise outstanding year. The Grapefruit League season has arrived."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Talking Chop User’s GuideTalking Chop PodcastAround the NL EastBaseball Analysis PrimerBraves fall 4-3 to Mets in spring openerNew Freddy Galvis Jersey ,28commentsThe Grapefruit League season has arrived.ESTShareTweetShareShareBraves fall 4-3 to Mets in spring openerGeoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsThe Atlanta Braves fell by a score of 4-3 in their Grapefruit League opener against the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie. The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Greyson Jenista and a run scoring single by Drew Lugbauer. The Mets evened things back up in the bottom half of the inning when Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso launched a two-run home run off of Touki Toussaint. The Mets scratched across an unearned run against Kolby Allard in the third on an infield single by Robinson Cano. Rymer Liriano hit a solo home run off of Jacob Webb in the sixth to increase New York’s lead to 4-2. Connor Lien brought Atlanta back to within one with a solo home run of his own in the eighth. Toussaint allowed an infield single and the Alonso home run in his two innings of work. He struck out two and didn’t walk anyone. His stuff was impressive as always. Allard also threw two innings allowing two hits, one walk and an unearned run. His fastball appeared to be sitting at 89-90 MPH. Wes Parsons, Thomas Burrows and Chad Sobotka all worked scoreless innings out of the bullpenAustin Riley got the start at third and looked solid in the field despite going 0-for-2 at the plate with a pair of strikeouts. Jenista went 1-for-1 with a single and sacrifice fly while Alex Jackson and Cristian Pache all finished with a hit apiece. The Braves will head down to West Palm Beach on Sunday where they will take on the Houston Astros.