Running through tomorrow’s AL Wild Card possibilities

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MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian did yeoman’s work running through all of the possibilities that could occur tomorrow as it pertains to the AL Wild Card race. The Indians and Rangers won today while the Rays lost, which means the Indians will enter tomorrow afternoon’s action with a one-game lead, securing themselves at least a 163rd game.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.