Baseball - Red Sox beat Astros to clinch AL East title

Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox. (AFP Photo/Omar Rawlings)

- The first-place Boston Red Sox doubled the Houston Astros 6-3 to clinch their second straight East Division title in a battle between two American League heavyweights. The Red Sox and American League West Division champion Astros will meet in game one of the first round of the playoffs on Thursday in Texas. This marks the first time since division play began in 1969 that the Red Sox have won back-to-back American League East crowns. Boston improved to 93-68 on the season. Boston has now won the AL East in three of manager John Farrell's five seasons at the helm. He becomes the first manager in club history to guide the team to three division championships.