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Red Sox Clinch A.L. East

Baseball/Red Stitches and Morning/iStockphoto(BOSTON) -- After a four-year drought, the Boston Red Sox are back in the playoffs after clinching the A.L. East on Friday night with a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Jon Lester pitched seven innings, allowing one run, and struck out eight.  The Red Sox clinched a playoff berth on Thursday.

"Winning the American League East is something everybody in here should be proud of," Manager John Farrell, who was brought in during the offseason. "When we got in the playoffs last night -- to see there was no response, there was no celebration. That to me spoke as much volume as anything we've done in the year. It's a focused group. It's their time tonight to go and enjoy it."

The team went from worst to first after winning just 69 games last season.

"They believed it from the first day of spring training," owner John Henry said. "But they went out and did it."

This marks the first A.L. East title since 2007.

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