The Dodgers, Yankees and Astros each clinched home-field advantages Tuesday. The Dodgers secured the National League's top seed with a win over the Padres, and Washington's loss to Philadelphia. At 101-57, L.A. still owns the best record in baseball, 2 1/2 games up on Cleveland for home field through the World Series.
The Yankees beat the Rays, 6-1, meaning the American League Wild Card Game is headed to Fenway Park in Boston or Yankee Stadium in New York. The runner-up in the AL East will host either the Twins or the Angels in the Wild Card Game.
The Astros also assured themselves of home-field advantage in the AL Division Series with a 14-3 win over the Rangers and Boston's loss to Toronto. The Indians are currently in possession of the AL's top seed with a one-game lead over the Astros.
NL Wild Card
The Rockies maintained their 1 1/2-game edge over the Brewers for the NL's second Wild Card spot by shutting out the Marlins 6-0. Colorado's magic number to clinch a matchup with the D-backs in the NL Wild Card Game on Oct. 4 in Phoenix is down to four over Milwaukee and three over St. Louis.
With their win over the Cubs, the Cardinals closed to within 2 1/2 games. The Rockies own the tie-breaker over the Brewers, but not the Cardinals. Milwaukee leads the season series vs. St. Louis, 9-7, with three head-to-head meetings remaining.
AL Wild Card
The Twins are one win away from guaranteeing themselves a spot in the AL Wild Card Game. Brian Dozier clubbed a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth, and Minnesota defeated the AL-leading Indians, 8-6, in Cleveland.
The Twins' victory eliminated the Royals, Rays and Rangers from the Wild Card race. The Angels remained alive with a 9-3 win over the White Sox, but will be eliminated from contention with their next loss or the Twins' next win.
The Red Sox lost for a second consecutive night, falling, 9-4, to the Blue Jays and holding their magic number to clinch the AL East at three. Boston returned home for its final homestand with a five-game lead on the Yankees that's now been cut to three with five games remaining.
If the postseason began today ...
Wild Card: Twins at Yankees
Division Series: Wild Card at Indians, Red Sox at Astros
Wild Card: Rockies at D-backs
Division Series: Wild Card at Dodgers, Cubs at Nationals
2017 POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
AL Wild Card Game (1-game playoff): Oct. 3
NL Wild Card Game (1-game playoff): Oct. 4
AL Division Series begins (best-of-5, 2-2-1 format): Oct. 5
NL Division Series begins (best-of-5, 2-2-1 format): Oct. 6
AL Championship Series begins (best-of-7, 2-3-2 format): Oct. 13
NL Championship Series begins (best-of-7, 2-3-2 format):Oct. 14
World Series begins (best-of-7, 2-3-2 format): Oct. 24