Leading Off: Red Sox, Rockies try to clinch, Stanton near 60

Cleveland maintained its one-game lead - and owns the tiebreaker - over Houston for the best record in the AL with two games remaining.

It is the second year the Red Sox advance to the postseason as AL East champions. Warren hasn't pitched for NY since September 1. Pomeranz has a 1.37 WHIP with 171 strikeouts in 167 2/3 innings. Carlos Beltran, Yuli Gurriel and Derek Fisher each contributed a base hit in the winning effort for Houston.Charlie Morton got the win to improve to 14-7 this season after giving up both runs on four hits while striking out four over 5.1 innings of work.

Rafael Devers hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to score Mitch Moreland and cut the Houston lead to 3-1. In his career, Pomeranz is 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Houston. Though a loss on Thursday (Sept. 28) hurt the Yankees a bit, especially after Aaron Judge his yet another home run, the Yankees still have a shot to catch the first-place #Boston Red Sox.

Chad Bettis (2-4) made one of the best starts this season for the Rockies since coming back from testicular cancer and returning to the rotation on August 14, giving up four hits and one run, and retiring the final 14 batters he faced.

Vogt was 2-for-4 for the Brewers, delivering their first three runs.

Anderson (12-4) gave up only three hits and a run in seven-plus innings, walking one and fanning five. With two out in the fifth, Bregman, who doubled in the first, connected for his 19th of the season.

"We just have to go win another game", said outfielder Mookie Betts.

YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 0: In New York, Masahiro Tanaka struck out 15 over seven innings, his highest total since coming to the major leagues, and playoff-bound New York beat Toronto to remain on the edge of contention in the AL East. Third place represents their highest finish in the division since 2013.

Red Sox: INF/OF Eduardo Nunez (knee) took groundballs and ran sprints, but manager John Farrell said he is "still not game ready". And when the Astros put runners on second and third with nobody out in the first, it looked like it would happen again, but Fister escaped and didn't fall behind until the third.

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Instead, the Yankees probably will have a workout day at Yankee Stadium on Monday for Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game there against the Minnesota Twins.

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.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Whit Merrifield hit a go-ahead home run and Ian Kennedy ended a franchise-record home winless streak in Kansas City's victory over Arizona.

Rangers 5, Athletics 3: Left-hander Martin Perez carried a shutout into the seventh inning as Texas snapped its longest losing streak of the season by beating Oakland Athletics.

The concept of a bullpen game in the postseason may seem far-fetched but so is expecting to win with Porcello or Fister.

PHILADELPHIA - Behind three home runs, Philadelphia beat NY on the same day it announced that manager Pete Mackanin will not be retained following the 2017 season.

UNDATED (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies say Pete Mackanin won't be back as manager next season.

Aaron Judge led off the inning with a 484-foot homer to left-center that cleared the bleachers and landed in front of the retired numbers display, his 52nd.

  • Delia Davidson