Yankees sweep Blue Jays, Red Sox clear


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.



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.



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


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.  



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.