Chicago White Sox defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-4

CHICAGO — Red Sox captain Jason Varitek acknowledged last night that the coming five games could be his final ones with the team.

“It’s there,’’ he said, his voice cracking with emotion. “That’s obvious. I mean, I try not to think about it and I hope you guys don’t ask me too much about it over the weekend. But it’s there. Definitely, it’s there.’’

Varitek, 38, will be a free agent after the season and is unlikely to be retained. Last night’s 5-4 loss against the Whi...

CHICAGO — The scoreboard in right field spelled out the grim news throughout the night. The Tampa Bay Rays were first to clinch their spot in the playoffs, beating the Baltimore Orioles at home.

Then came the final blow, delivered by way of Canada like a cruel winter cold front. The Yankees had beaten the Blue Jays and also were in. The Red Sox officially had been eliminated.

For only the second time in the last eight seasons, there will be no postseason baseball for...