Indians Take Lead in Wild Card Standings
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — By beating the Minnesota Twins Saturday, the Cleveland Indians have a one-game lead over Texas and Tampa Bay in the Wild Card standings with one game to play on Sunday.
The Indians struggled against Cole De Vries early in the game on Saturday which was delayed by almost 2 1/2 hours because of rain.
The Indians’ bats came alive in the 4th inning when Carlos Santana homered to right to give the Tribe a 2-0 lead.
The Twins cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single to right.
Then in the fifth, Michael Bourn who was bothered by a sore wrist the last few days, made his presence felt by doubling to right, Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles scored to give the Indians a 4-1 lead.
Then Jason Kipnis singled to right later in the fifth and the Indians’ bullpen closed out the Twins.
The Tribe won 5-1 and they will play their final game of the regular season on Sunday against the Twins.
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The first pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m.
If the Tribe wins Sunday, they host the Wild Card game Wednesday.
But, if the team loses, things get a little complicated.
Here are the scenarios that could happen:
If the Indians, Rays and Rangers all finish with identical records, there will be two tiebreaker games.
The Tribe would host the Rays Monday, with the winner getting a Wild Card berth.
The loser would play against the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday.
The winner of that game would be the second Wild Card team.
Should two teams tie for the Wild Card they would meet Wednesday in the playoffs.
If the Indians finish with the same record as the Rangers, the Wild Card game would be here in Cleveland.
However, if the Tribe and Rays end up with the same mark, Wednesday’s game would be played in Florida.