The Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals might have offered a glimpse of what the MLB World Series might look like this season - and it is going to be close.
The Nationals earned a split of the interleague two-game series with a 7-4 triumph as three-run second and fifth innings earned the victory for Washington on Wednesday.
In the American League (AL) East, the Toronto Blue Jays were peerless against the Tampa Bay Rays as J.A. Happ threw the first six innings of a shutout to help Toronto to a 7-0 win.
Troy Tulowitzki backed his Happ at the plate with a fantastic performance that produced five RBIs.
The Chicago Cubs posted a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels, the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 and the New York Yankees were 9-4 winners over the Boston Red Sox.
Brandon Crawford's solo homer was the only score of the San Francisco Giants' 1-0 win against the Miami Marlins, while Freddy Galvis' three-run blast set the Philadelphia Phillies on the way to a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks managed to edge the New York Mets 3-2, while the Cincinnati Reds lost 3-2 to the St Louis Cardinals after 12 innings and the Texas Rangers picked up win number 68 with a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
The Milwaukee Brewers battled to a 4-3 triumph against the Atlanta Braves, the Detroit Tigers lost to the Seattle Mariners 3-1, the Oakland Athletics managed a 1-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles while the Kansas City Royals won their 14-inning epic against the Chicago White Sox 4-3 and the Houston Astros' clash with the Minnesota Twins was postponed.
Tulowitzki homered and drove in five runs in the Blue Jays' win against the Rays. After a dreadful start to the season, Tulowitzki now has seven home runs and 27 RBis in his last 30 games.
Brewers slugger Chris Carter went deep (442 feet deep, to be exact) to dead center with a smash off the Miller Park scoreboard.
BIG PAPI DOWN
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz fouled a pitch off his right shin in the ninth inning and had to be helped off the field. He underwent X-rays after the game. No official update on his condition was provided.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have placed right fielder Jose Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee suffered in Tuesday's game.
CARDINALS AND CUBS CLASH
The Cubs are riding a season-high nine-game winning streak. The Cards are too far back to make a serious run at Chicago for the division title, but they need to do well in this four-game series to bolster their wild-card hopes. Carlos Martinez (10-7, 3.29 ERA) takes the mound for St Louis on Thursday. Jon Lester (12-4, 2.93 ERA) gets the ball for the Cubs.