Yankees sweep Blue Jays, Red Sox clear

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The New York Yankees completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays to close in on an MLB wildcard spot, leaving the Boston Red Sox to take over.

Starlin Castro homered and Brian McCann drove in a run as pitcher Bryan Mitchell impressed in a 2-0 win for the Yankees.

The Yankees are just two and a half games back in the American League (AL) wildcard race, with the Baltimore Orioles losing 7-6 to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Blue Jays are now a game behind the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox, who claimed a 7-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

The Seattle Mariners recorded an 8-3 victory against the Texas Rangers, the Colorado Rockies rallied past the San Francisco Giants 6-5 and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals by the same score.

The Chicago Cubs went down to the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1, the Miami Marlins shut out the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 and the Cleveland Indians overcame the Houston Astros 6-5.

The Pittsburgh Pirates got past the St Louis Cardinals 4-3, the Washington Nationals needed 11 innings to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 and the Oakland Athletics claimed a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4, the New York Mets were 6-3 victors over the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1.

 

COTTON CONTROLS ANGELS

Athletics starting pitcher Jharel Cotton tossed 6.1 innings of two-hit baseball in a win against the Angels. The 24-year-old, making his MLB debut, struck out three and walked just two.

 

NAPOLI NAILS HOMER

Mike Napoli crushed a bomb into the left-field bleachers, narrowly missing the scoreboard.

CARDINALS' STREAK ENDS

The Cardinals failed to hit a home run in a loss against the Pirates, snapping their 25-game streak with at least one. The home run binge was tied for the National League record and came two games shy of an MLB record.  

 

ASTROS TAKE ON INDIANS

Cleveland still hold a slight edge over the Tigers and Royals in the AL Central. Trevor Bauer (10-6, 3.70 ERA) will try to keep them moving in the right direction against the playoff-hungry Astros.