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Wild Card Update: September 22

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Rays nose ahead of the Indian, keep pace with Athletics

Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Rays are embroiled in a three-way race for two American League Wild Card slots. For Rays fans, this means every day has the potential for joy or despair.

Between now and whenever the Wild Card teams are determined we’ll provide a daily update on the state of the race.

Sunday September 22

Standings: Rays in the second Wild Card spot. They are one game ahead of the Cleveland Indians. The remain two games back of the Oakland Athletics for the top spot.

Latest scores: Rays beat Red Sox, 5-4; Indians lost to the Phillies 9-4; Athletics beat Rangers 12-3.

Today’s action (probable pitchers from MLB; gameday odds from 538):

Rays vs Boston Red Sox, Ryan Yarbrough vs Nate Eovaldi. Tampa Bay has a 58% chance of winning. First pitch is at 1:10 ET

Athletics vs Texas Rangers, Tanner Roark vs Lance Lynn. Oakland has a 61% chance of winning. First pitch is at 4:07 ET

Indians vs Philadelphia Phillies, Adam Plutko vs Vince Velasquez. Cleveland has a 56% chance of winning. First pitch is 6:37 ET

Games remaining

Tampa Bay - 7- 2 against Boston, 2 against New York, & 3 against Toronto

Oakland - 7 - 1 against Texas, 2 against Los Angeles, & 4 against Seattle

Cleveland - 7 - 1 against Philadelphia, 3 against Chicago White Sox, & 3 against Washington

FanGraphs Playoffs Odds

Oakland 98.5%

Tampa Bay 72.6%

Cleveland 29.0%