Yankees win again, but AL East title hopes in trouble

Sunday, 01 Oct, 2017

The Red Sox magic number remained at one to close out the New York Yankees, who beat Toronto 4-0.

INDIANS 10, WHITE SOX 1 Edwin Encarnacion had a three-run double, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece, leading AL Central champion Cleveland, the host, to a victory over Chicago.

Masahiro Tanaka was almost unhittable Friday in the Yankees' 4-0 win over the Blue Jays.

ST. LOUIS - Chase Anderson worked into the eighth inning and Stephen Vogt knocked in three runs as Milwaukee knocked off St. Louis. Over the last three innings, the Astros eked out just one hit, a single by Carlos Beltran, and once more tensions began to mount. Drew Pomeranz will start game three and is 16-6 with a 3.38 ERA and 171 strikeouts this season. 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. Had the Red Sox won, Friday, it would have all been clinched, because the Astros would have been two behind Cleveland but the Indians own the tiebreaker with a 5-1 series win over Houston.

Merrifield homered in the third inning for the decisive run.

Mitch Moreland became Boston's first baserunner with a one-out double and scored when Devers snapped an 0-for-15 with his double. Seattle wasted homers by Mike Zunino, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager. Renato Nunez cracked his first big league home run to account for Oakland's scoring. Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford each had three hits and three RBIs.

Phillies 6, Mets 2: 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. Doug Fister gave up three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.

Mackanin was 172-237 in 2 1/2 seasons after replacing Ryne Sandberg in June 2015.

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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.

Mackanin will return as a special assistant to general manager Matt Klentak. On Friday night, it was the pitching that impressed first, with starter Charlie Morton throwing four ideal innings. Maxwell has been the only major league baseball player to take a knee, but this was the first time Maxwell had done it on the field in an opposing ballpark.

The quality that separates a starting pitcher from a reliever is two fold. The 2015 NL Cy Young award victor strained his right hamstring on September 4 and didn't pitch again until September 21. Brian Duensing (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Twins have activated slugger Miguel Sano from the disabled list. Top seed of course gets home-field advantage throughout the AL bracket plays the victor of the AL Wild Card Game in the ALDS.

The Mets and Phillies will square off in the city of the Little League World Series next year. The No. 2 seed in the AL plays the AL East champ in the ALDS.

A crowd-funding campaign started by Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran has already raised almost $1.3 million to help with hurricane relief in his native Puerto Rico.

"We still control our own fate", Fister said.