Red Sox Make Playoffs, Hurricane Causes CFB Issues, USA Defeats Mexico

Jonathan Grant | September 12th, 2018

After being the dominant team in the MLB throughout the summer months, it should come as no surprise that the Boston Red Sox officially became the first team to clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday. The Red Sox’ 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays put them over the hill. Now it’s only a matter of time until they seal up the NL East for sure and also the clinch home-field advantage in the playoffs as well. The 99-46 Red Sox have the best record in the entire league, and they will now start to turn their attentions toward the postseason for the third year in a row, tying the franchise’s all-time mark. They’ll be hoping that pitcher Chris Sale, who pitched a scoreless inning on his return from injury last night, will be able to continue his progress and be their stud on the mound.

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Another team that took a giant leap closer to making it to the playoffs last night as the Atlanta Braves. The NL East leaders won 4-1 in San Francisco, and thanks to the Phillies’ losing both of their games in their doubleheader, they now have a commanding 6.5 game lead. It looks like the division will be headed to the Braves well ahead of schedule. While the Braves are closing in, the next team to clinch looks like it will be the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe have ran away in the AL Central, and they have a 15.5 game lead, putting them very close to a place in the playoffs.

Hurricane Florence is set to wreak havoc on Thursday night, but for now it is doing a job on college football’s scheduling. A number of games have already been postponed or called off entirely due to the storm to date. One of the biggest games to have been affected in UCF against North Carolina. UCF, the self-proclaimed defending national champions, really needed this game in order to make a case for itself this year. But they aren’t likely to get the chance now. West Virginia’s game against North Carolina State is another casualty that has a higher profile. Overall, ten games have been altered so far, and more could be set to follow if the storm’s impact worsens.

And lastly, a new generation in the soccer rivalry between the United States and Mexico began last night, and it was the Americans that came out on top 1-0 in a hard-fought encounter. Mexico had looked like the dominant team in the first half, but the USA started to get a foothold in the game in the second half, and they built on that to scratch out a goal as tempers started to flare and passions boiled over. Matt Miazga riled up the Mexican side, and then a red card to a midfielder helped put the momentum firmly in the US’ corner. Starlet Tyler Adams, who had a very fine match, would score the game’s only goal less than five minutes later to give the USA an important win on a big night.

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