What they’re playing for:
Being tied atop the A.L. East, the Orioles are in the same boat as the Yankees with respect to attempting to win the division crown, hopefully without the need for a 163rd game. The one somewhat important distinction between the two teams is that, since Baltimore lost their season series with Texas, they’ll need to finish at least one game ahead of the Rangers if they want a chance to claim the A.L.’s top playoff seed, while the Yankees only need to earn a tie for the junior circuit’s best record.
The Rays, on the other hand, are hanging on for dear life in the playoff chase. In fact, they’re only a single loss or Oakland victory away from being eliminated outright. Put simply: they need to sweep Baltimore and have Texas sweep Oakland just to force a 163rd game for the second wild card spot. But with the latter happening on the West Coast, they’re masters of their own destiny for at least a few hours tonight.…