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Welcome To Round 1a Of The Playoffs!

Only it's a weird form of playoffs where two teams play neutral opponents instead of each other in a best of three series away from their home parks. The winner gets the AL East division title while the loser gets a not-too-shabby consolation prize of the Wildcard berth.
That's basically where we stand right now, after the Rays lost to the Royals 3-2 while the Yankees were idle, erasing the 1/2 game lead the Rays had held, giving both teams identical records of 94-65 with three games to play. It is important to note here that the Rays are technically still in first place, since they hold the tiebreaker advantage.

MAGIC NUMBERS
Rays: 3
Yankees: 3

FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARDS TO WATCH
New York @ Boston 7:10 p.m.
Rays @ Kansas City 8:10 p.m.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.