The agony: Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Aviles sits in the dugout after his team's 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday (Sept. 28, 2011).
September 29, 2011 Until Wednesday night, no Major League Baseball team that had an 8-game lead for a playoff spot in early September had failed to qualify for post-season play. The Red Sox and Braves both managed to get into the record books for doing just that.
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