Previewing Thursday’s meaningful baseball

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Two teams clinched their playoff tickets last night: the Cubs and Twins. There’s still a bit more meaningful baseball left to be played, though. Here’s what’s on the line on Thursday.

AL East (92-66 Red Sox lead 89-69 Yankees by three games)

The Red Sox can clinch tonight with a win and a Yankees loss.

NL Wild Card (86-73 Rockies lead 83-75 Brewers by 2.5 games, 82-76 Cardinals by 3.5 games)

The Rockies are off Thursday, so they can’t clinch today. However, the Cardinals can be eliminated today with a loss to the Cubs. The Rockies will need any combination of two wins and two Brewer losses to knock the Brewers out.

AL Home Field Advantage (100-59 Indians lead 98-60 Astros by 1.5 games)

The Indians won on Thursday afternoon, so the Astros will try to keep pace tonight.

World Series HFA (102-57 Dodgers lead Indians by two games)

The Dodgers are off today and the Indians already played, so nothing will change tonight.