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A.L. Wild Card Standings Update: Rays, Red Sox Tied With Two Games Left

Just about a month ago, the A.L. Wild Card seemed like it was all but locked up. The Yankees and the Red Sox were shoe-ins for the Playoffs, it was just a matter of who was going to be the division winner and who was going to the be the Wild Card, but they would both be there; that wasn't even up for debate.

But thanks to a pretty serious September slide, the Red Sox are now tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the A.L. Wild Card lead with two games to play in the regular season. I'm not sure there is anyone out there, even the most passionate Rays fan, who could have seen this coming a month ago.

It will be up to Jeremy Hellickson and David Price for the Rays, who are scheduled to pitch the next two days against the Yankees. If they can put up wins in both games and force the Red Sox to do the same, things could get even more interesting down this stretch run.

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