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Playoff Push: Yanks creep to 2.5 games back of struggling Rays

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The Rays continue to tumble, as they have now lost 5 in a row and 8 of their last 9. Meanwhile, the Yankees have won 3 of their last 4 and are within 2.5 games of the Rays for that final Wild Card spot.

Also, there is now a tie in the AL West between the A’s and the Rangers, which also means that we see a tie for the first Wild Card spot. Here are how the teams in contention fared yesterday:

A’s: 4-2 win vs Rangers. Homers by Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes lead the way into a division tie with Rangers.

Rangers: 4-2 loss vs A’s. Rangers fall into a division tie with A’s after poor outing by Derek Holland.

Rays: 11-2 loss vs Angels. Chris Archer roughed up as Rays continue to struggle.

Orioles: 7-2 win vs Indians. Bud Norris shuts down Indians with 8 strikeouts over 7 innings.

Yankees: 9-1 win vs White Sox. 8-run 4th powers Yanks to victory.

Indians: 7-2 loss vs Orioles. Justin Masterson leaves the game injured after the 1st inning; Tribe go 0-5 with RISP.

Royals: 3-1 win vs Mariners. Royals prevail against King Felix.


Wild Card Standings

WC 1 A’s/Rangers 79-58 —

WC 2 Rays 75-61 —

3 Orioles 73-63 2 GB

4 Yankees 73-64 2.5 GB

5 Indians 72-65 3.5 GB

6 Royals 71-66 4.5 GB