AL Wild Card
Joe Saunders pitched effectively into the sixth inning, Adam Jones hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and the Baltimore Orioles beat the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers 5-1 in the wild-card game playoff Friday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays moved into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the wild-card lead, beating the New York Yankees 5-2 on Monday night behind another strong performance by James Shields.
B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist homered in the first inning to back Wade Davis, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday to pull within a half-game of the Boston Red Sox for the AL wild-card lead.
Boston must be really desperate to hang on to their wild card lead. According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have “spent the better part of a week” trying to trade for Mets starter Chris Capuano.
Rays manager Joe Maddon isn’t quite ready to deliver a concession speech, even though Tampa Bay is running out of time — behind New York — in the AL playoff race.
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