The race for the American League Wild Card spots is coming down to the wire, and as a result of that, the games on Friday night were pretty important and could have a profound effect on the outcome. We’ll start with the New York Yankees’ outing against the Tampa Bay Rays, already crowned winners of the AL East. The Yankees fell 4-3 in the Bronx despite a late comeback attempt, and they are now just a single game ahead in the standings but still on top and can clinch home-field if they win the next two over Tampa. Their two other AL East foes, the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, each won their games on Friday night. The Red Sox won 4-2 in Washington over the Nationals, relying on back-to-back home runs in the top of the sixth to carry them through. Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run blast while Bobby Dalbec hit a solo shot.
Toronto, meanwhile, got the lucky end of the stick as far as the schedule is concerned about getting to host the Baltimore Orioles at home to close out the season. They took advantage to win 6-4 on Friday as Danny Jensen homered and had three RBI’s on two hits and Steven Matz pitched seven innings of the strong ball on the mound. That now leaves Toronto one behind Boston. The Seattle Mariners are in that same spot as well following their 2-1 home loss to the LA Angels on the evening. A third inning, two-run double from Brandon Marsh was all the offense the Angels needed. That now leaves the Mariners chasing and in desperate need of wins over the next two games. As for the NL West race, it looks like the San Francisco Giants are going to do it for sure now. The Giants maintained their two-game edge over the LA Dodgers with a 3-0 win over the Padres while the Dodgers won 8-6 over the Brewers. The magic number is just one now, so the best the Dodgers could do is tie and force a playoff for the top seed (and to avoid that dreaded one-game play-in with the Cardinals).