The Yankees are at home for a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, while the Red Sox will host the Houston Astros for three games at Fenway Park. If the Yankees were to win the final two games of the season and the Red Sox drop two to the Astros, the Yankees would be the AL East champions because they won the series series by taking 11 of 19 games against Boston.
And Rodriguez could very well be the team's Game 3 starter should they run into the Astros in the playoffs. NY is now two games back with two to go following a 4-0 win over Toronto. Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in a six-run second, one inning before Edwin Encarnacion lined a three-run double that put Cleveland ahead 10-0. Top seed of course gets home-field advantage throughout the AL bracket plays the victor of the AL Wild Card Game in the ALDS.
The Yankees probably will be interested in bringing back Sabathia on a one-year deal if the sides can agree on money because he's had his best season since he was 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA and 200 innings pitched in 2012. They need one more win for the second 100-win season in franchise history.
CHICAGO - Ian Happ slugged his 24th home run, a three-run shot in the eighth inning that helped Chicago to a come-from-behind victory over Cincinnati. We've seen him pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen this month and he's thrived in the new role, tossing six shutout innings over three appearances.
Orlando Arcia's fielder's choice bouncer to short with the infield in plated Domingo Santana for a 4-1 advantage.
YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 0 Masahiro Tanaka struck out 15 over seven innings, his highest total since coming to the major leagues, and playoff-bound NY beat visiting Toronto to remain on the edge of contention in the AL East.
The outlook isn't any brighter with Fister, a pitcher the Red Sox picked up off the scrap heap when they were desperate to fill the back end of their rotation.
1961 - Roger Maris ended a season of personal torment by hitting his 61st home run against Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Bettis (2-4) gave up four hits and one run in a season-high tying seven innings and retired the final 14 batters he faced. By the third inning, the 'Stros offense came to life, led by some deadly clutch hitting by Alex Bregman, who drove in all three of the Astros runs. The top seed will play the victor of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins in the Division Series. Detroit's Matt Boyd, the Oregon State alum who had his best career start with a one-hit shutout on September 17, allowed five runs in five innings. Zimmerman's multi-home run game was the 23rd of his career and seventh this season. The Brewers stayed alive with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals but were unable to gain any ground on the Rockies, who closed their magic number to 1 with a 9-1 win over the Dodgers at Coors Field. The right-hander struck out 5 and walked 1 among 101 pitches.
Vogt was 2-for-4 for the Brewers, delivering their first three runs. Reigning Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello has taken a couple steps back, posting a 4.65 ERA.