Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Was it really necessary to let Chris Sale pitch the 8th inning?

With a 9-0 victory well in hand, the Red Sox shouldn’t have allowed their ace to strain into the eighth for his 300th strikeout.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws to the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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RED SOX 9, ORIOLES 0

Chris Sale gets 300th strikeout as Red Sox punch ticket to postseason

Chris Sale struck out 13 Orioles without walking a single batter, and Red Sox clinched a postseason berth when the Indians defeated the Angels.

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The defenseman has a fractured jaw and will be reevaluated in three weeks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/01/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/186402046.jpg Here’s the 2017 Major League Baseball postseason schedule

The Red Sox have clinched at least a wild-card spot for the 2017 postseason.

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Catcher Qiang Ba Ren Zeng is 16 and is a product of Major League Baseball’s academy in Nanjing, China.

Boston MA 07/16/17 Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees during first inning action at Fenway Park. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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CHAD FINN

Do Red Sox fans actually want to see David Price fail?

The opinions expressed by some fans seem to be unfair, not to mention irrational.

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All three Patriots players missed Sunday’s game in New Orleans but were back on the field Wednesday.

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Brady donated $100,000 and Belichick pitched in $50,000 to the fund Houston star J.J. Watt started.

Alex Speier

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Two crucial plays Tuesday kept the Red Sox in position to claim their 15th extra-inning win.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_soxrays11_spts.jpg Eduardo Nunez still has discomfort in right knee

If he does return this weekend, it will likely be only to pinch hit.

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 17, 2017 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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ISM CONNECT 300 | SUNDAY, 2 P.M. (NBCSN)

Martin Truex Jr. looking for a Loudon breakthrough

The points leader hopes to change his luck at the New Hampshire track in the NASCAR playoffs this weekend.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-13020.jpg Bill Belichick’s coaching tree remains fruitless

Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Josh McDaniels, and Bill O’Brien haven’t matched their mentor’s success, but they also didn’t have the NFL’s greatest quarterback.

Boston, MA: September 19, 2017: The Bruins Austin Czarnik was hit from behind in the second period and ended up in the Detroit net behind goalie Jared Coreau. Czarnik was awarded a penalty shot, which he converted to put Boston ahead 3-0. The Boston Bruins hosted the Detroit Red Wings in an NHL pre season hockey game at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Right now, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has a lot to choose from

Several candidates for forward spots have gotten off to impressive starts in the preseason.

Injured Harvard football player faces long recovery

Freshman Ben Abercrombie had surgery after suffering a cervical injury during Saturday’s game.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was told by team security that the young fan was OK.

NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/09/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_soxjays23_spts.jpg Working overtime is paying off for Red Sox

But the question remains, will the 18 extra-inning games takes its toll in the playoffs?

Sandwich, MA - 9/20/2017 - Sandwichs' Mary Houlihan (9) and Marshfield's Sarah Creedon (12) chase down the ball. Marshfield field hockey at Sandwich. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Ryan Hathaway, Topic: 21HS field hockey, LOID: 8.3.3782378112.

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WEDNESDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

No. 20 Sandwich remains unbeaten in field hockey

No. 20 Blue Knights improve to 4-0-2 after scoring a 2-1 victory over visiting Marshfield on Wednesday.

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The Patriots are scheduled to play the Raiders in Mexico City’s famous stadium in November.

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The colorful middleweight champion was depicted by Oscar winner Robert DeNiro in a 1980 film.

Golf

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Pat Perez knows his odds of winning, though: “All the top guys would have to play bad,” he said.