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Settling the Scores: Friday’s results

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There’s no playoff race quite as tight as the one in the American League East right now. The Orioles and Blue Jays are two games back of the division lead, with a three-game gap between their wild card spots and second-tier contenders like the Mariners and Tigers. The Yankees, while not completely out of the playoff hunt, sit six games back after dropping Game 2 of a four-game set against the Red Sox on Friday night.

The Red Sox had no problem defending their spot atop the division, utilizing a pair of blasts from Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. and a smattering of smaller contributions in their 7-4 win. Clay Buchholz took the mound for the Sox, allowing two runs and two walks and striking out two batters over a six-inning spread.

Elsewhere in the division, the Orioles mounted a two-run comeback in the eighth inning to preserve their spot in second place. They clinched the game in the ninth when Tampa Bay outfielder Mikie Mahtook made a gutsy sprint from first base and was tagged out at the plate on Manny Machado‘s perfect throw from the left field corner. Naturally, the Rays challenged the call, but home plate umpire Adrian Johnson upheld the initial ruling and sent the Orioles home with their 81st win of the year.

In Anaheim, where the Angels are currently riding a five-game losing streak, the Blue Jays fought for their place behind the Red Sox with a strong outing from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and a pair of home runs by Troy Tulowitzki and Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion, who lifted his 40th home run of the season on a 440-ft. moonshot in the ninth inning, joined Jose Bautista and Carlos Delgado as one of just three Blue Jays to hit 40+ homers in multiple seasons.

Things aren’t about to get easier for the AL East rivals, who will play almost exclusively within the division over the last weeks of the season. The Orioles will get the only reprieve from division match-ups when they host the Diamondbacks next weekend to cap their final homestand of the year.

Here are the rest of the scores for Friday’s games. Keep an eye out for Albert Pujols‘ 600th career double, Bartolo Colon‘s smooth double play, and Ryan Braun‘s 450-foot, 106 m.p.h. home run.

Cubs 5, Brewers 4 (10 innings)

Phillies 4, Marlins 3 (13 innings)

Orioles 5, Rays 4

Indians 11, Tigers 4

Mets 3, Twins 0

Red Sox 7, Yankees 4

Pirates 9, Reds 7

Nationals 7, Braves 2

Rangers 7, Athletics 6

White Sox 7, Royals 4

Rockies 8, Padres 7

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2

Blue Jays 5, Angels 0

Astros 6, Mariners 0

Giants 8, Cardinals 2

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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