AL Wild Card standings: Indians, Rangers win again

Hannah Foslien

Cleveland evened things up with Tampa Bay, and Texas is still lurking close behind.

The Cleveland Indians notched their eighth consecutive victory on Friday to move into a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for the top American League Wild Card spot.

The Indians routed the Minnesota Twins, 12-6, in a game that ended long after the Rays dropped a 6-3 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Texas Rangers stayed close after securing their fifth straight win, a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

The magic number for both the Rays and Indians to clinch a Wild Card berth remains at two.

The Rays, Indians and Rangers each have favorable pitching matchups on Saturday as the teams continue their fight toward the postseason. Chris Archer (9-7, 3.21 ERA) will take the hill for Tampa Bay opposite Jays lefty J.A. Happ (4-7, 4.85). Scott Kazmir (9-9, 4.14) gets the ball for the Tribe against Twins right-hander Cole De Vries (0-1, 11.70).

The Rangers' Derek Holland (10-9, 3.33) draws Angels youngster Garrett Richards (7-7, 4.09). All three games are set for afternoon starts.

American League Wild Card Standings

Tampa Bay 90 70 .562 -- Lost 1
Cleveland 90 70 .562 -- Won 7
Texas 89 71 .556 1 Won 5

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