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Scoreboard Watching: Astros win again, Twins clinch AL Central

I think we have an idea of the ALDS matchups...

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Yankees lost again last night, getting one-hit by the Rays. With the division clinched, it might make sense to go into full rest mode. What about home-field advantage, you ask? Let’s see how the rest of the contenders performed yesterday in this edition of Scoreboard Watching...

Astros, Zack Greinke blank the Mariners

For a minute, it looked like Greinke would no-hit Seattle, He carried a perfect game through five innings, and a no-no through the first out in the ninth. While he didn’t finish the game, the right-hander had a remarkable outing. With this win, the Astros now have a 2.5-game lead over the Yankees for home-field advantage.

Twins clinch AL Central

Minnesota clinched their first division title since 2010 with a 5-1 victory over the Tigers. Luis Arraez and Eddie Rosario homered, putting the team at 299 home runs on the season. That’s tied with the Yankees. The likely ALDS opponent will finish the year in a battle for the team home run record.

AL Wild Card Race

After losing to the White Sox by a score of 8-3, the Cleveland Indians now sit 1.5 games back in the Wild Card race. The A’s beat the Angels, so they still hold a spot for the play-in game. Without any division chases, the makes the most exciting race.

Dodgers best Padres, reach 102 wins

Lastly, the Dodgers took care of business against the Padres, 6-4. Joc Pederson had a two-homer game, while a parade of eight pitchers held the Friars to four runs. The Dodgers now have the same number of wins as the Yankees, and that could have home-field advantage implications in the World Series. The Bombers do, however, hold the tie-breaker.