Tuesday, September 27
Boston hopes to clinch
UNDATED (AP) — The Red Sox can wrap up the American League East championship with a win tonight or loss by Toronto. The Sox are in New York facing the Yankees on a night the New Yorkers are going to celebrate the career of David Ortiz. The 40-year-old slugger, set to retire after this season, has said he'd like to be cheered by New York fans as part of his farewell. We'll see if that happens in the Bronx.
The Sox enter with an 11-game winning streak and David Price on the mound.
Should the Yankees come out on top, all eyes will fall on Toronto as the Blues entertain Baltimore. The Jays and Orioles start the night holding down the two American League wild card berths with the Jays percentage points in front of the O's. Tonight's game is the first of a key three-game set.
The two other AL teams still in the wild card hunt are Seattle and Houston and they are squaring off again tonight in Houston. The Mariners won last night's series opening game in 11 innings, 4-3. At the start of play today, the Mariners are tied with Detroit two games back of the second wild card spot with the Astros 3 ½ back.
Speaking of the Tigers, they were forced to watch Cleveland celebrate winning the AL Central title last night. This evening the long-time rivals are back at it in the Motor City with the Indians looking to keep winning with an eye on clinching home-field advantage through the playoffs. The Tigers of course need a win to keep pace in the wild card race.
In the National League, the Mets and Giants continue to hold down the two wild card berths with New York leading by percentage points. If either should slack off over the final week, St. Louis is still lurking in the shadows. The Cardinals begin the day just one game back in the standings. Tonight's schedule has the Mets playing in Miami, the Cardinals home to the Reds and the Giants entertaining the Rockies.
The rest of the game tonight features the Diamondbacks in Washington, the Pirates home to the Cubs, Philadelphia in Atlanta, the Royals entertaining the Twins, Milwaukee at Texas, the Rays and White Sox playing in Chicago, the Angels home to the Athletics and the Dodgers in San Diego.
Nats and Indians await results
UNDATED (AP) — Two teams headed to the playoffs, the Nationals and the Indians, are sitting on pins and needles waiting for test results on key players.
For the Nats it's catcher Wilson Ramos who is having an MRI done on his right knee. He was helped off the field during Monday night's game clutching the knee. Ramos, who tore his ACL and the medial collateral ligament in the same knee four years ago, landed awkwardly on it.
For Cleveland. the man in question is ace pitcher Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur). The former Cy Young winner and candidate for the award this year left Monday night's game with Detroit with a sore groin muscle. His loss would be devastating as the Indians have already lost starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar to injuries.