Playoff teams set; positions still in flux
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.
An Oakland Athletics fan holds a sign that reads "All Aboard Next Stop Playoffs!" during Friday’s game against the Mariners in Seattle.