The Cleveland Indians moved into a tie with the Tampa Bay Bays for the two American League wild-card spots with two games left in the Major League Baseball regular season.
The Indians (90-70) won 12-6 at the Minnesota Twins for their eighth straight victory as the Rays (90-70) lost 6-3 at the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Texas Rangers (89-71) won 5-3 at home against the Los Angeles Angels and are one game behind the Indians and Rays in the battle for the wild-card spots that go to the two best teams in each league that have not won division titles.
In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals (95-65) clinched the Central division title with their fourth straight win, a 7-0 defeat of the visiting Chicago Cubs.
In the battle for home-field advantage in the NL wild-card playoff, the Pittsburgh Pirates (92-68) won 4-1 against the Cincinnati Reds (90-70) to take a two-game lead over the Reds with two games between the teams remaining at Cincinnati.
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