Play­off teams set; po­si­tions still in flux

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

The cre­ative Tampa Bay Rays and the tena­cious Oak­land Ath­let­ics earned play­off spots Fri­day night, fill­ing out the 10-team field for the Ma­jor League Base­ball post­sea­son.

Sev­eral of the pair­ings and sites are still to be de­ter­mined be­fore the play­offs be­gin Tues­day night with the NL wild­card game. Any tiebreak­ers that need to be de­cided on the field would be played Mon­day.

The Rays, back in the play­offs for the first time since 2013, and the A’s will meet Wed­nes­day night in the AL wild-card game, with the host to be set­tled. In­jury-plagued Cleve­land was elim­i­nated with an 8-2 loss at Wash­ing­ton.

Hous­ton clinched home-field ad­van­tage through­out the AL play­offs with a 4-0 win over the An­gels. The Astros will take on the Rays-A’s win­ner, while the New York Yan­kees face Min­nesota in the best-of-five Divi­sion Se­ries on Fri­day.

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als ace Max Scherzer is set to start the NL wild-card game against the St. Louis Car­di­nals or Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers. The win­ner of that game will be­gin the Divi­sion Se­ries on Thurs­day at Dodger Sta­dium against NL West cham­pion Los An­ge­les. The At­lanta Braves won the NL East and will face the NL Cen­tral cham­pion – ei­ther St. Louis or Mil­wau­kee.

TED S. WARREN AP

An Oak­land Ath­let­ics fan holds a sign that reads "All Aboard Next Stop Play­offs!" dur­ing Fri­day’s game against the Mariners in Seat­tle.

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