The Boston Red Sox went 86 years between World Series titles

CLEVELAND (AP) — Drew Hutchison Jersey , and are now on the cusp of eclipsing an even older milestone.Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin hit their first major league home runs and the Red Sox tied a team record more than a century old with their 105th win, beating the Indians 7-5 Friday night.The AL East champion Red Sox (105-49), playing without several of their regulars, matched the club mark set in 1912.“It was great, to have all the guys even the ones that didn’t play at the top step, it was like a regular game,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “It was a fun game overall, good energy. It was a long night, we got here late and for them to come here and play was fun.”Boston’s magic number to have home-field advantage throughout the postseason was also reduced to one.Trevor Bauer took a step toward being in Cleveland’s postseason rotation, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his first appearance since breaking his right leg on Aug. 11. He was 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA when was struck on the lower leg by a line drive hit by Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox.“It’s been a frustrating five and a half weeks for me not being able to be out there,” Bauer said. “It’s definitely nice to get back in a game situation, especially jumping back in against a team like the Red Sox. They’ve been the best team in baseball this year.”Boston ace Chris Sale, being eased back into the rotation after recent shoulder trouble, struck out seven in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs in his third start back from the disabled list.“That’s a good offensive team so that’s a good test,” Cora said. “He’s feeling fine so we will see how he reacts feeling the next few days.”Cora said Sale will start against Baltimore on Wednesday.Josh Donaldson homered off Sale in the fourth, ending the lefty’s 35-inning consecutive scoreless streak. It was the first homer off Sale in 75 innings.Donaldson was acquired from Toronto on Aug. 31 after missing three months with a calf injury. His homer on a 1-2 pitch landed in the left field bleachers and was his second with the Indians and seventh of the season.The Red Sox used nine pitchers against the AL Central champion Indians. Matt Barnes (6-3) pitched a scoreless sixth and Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 42nd save.Mookie Betts Larry Bowa Jersey , Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. were out of Boston’s lineup. Rafael Devers homered and Travis, who had three RBIs, for the Red Sox, who used a four-run seventh to erase a 4-2 deficit.Shane Bieber (10-5) allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings.Bauer allowed two hits, walked one and struck out J.D. Martinez, the major league RBIs leader. He threw 34 pitches — 17 strikes — and was pulled after allowing one-out singles to Steve Pearce and Brock Holt in the second.Bauer is scheduled to start Tuesday against the White Sox and will pitch in Kansas City next weekend.“The health, the feeling in the ankle, has been better,” Bauer said. “So everything’s trending in a very positive direction.”BIG MOMENTLeft-hander Robby Scott retired Michael Brantley on a foul out to left with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Cora decided to intentionally walk Francisco Lindor to set up the situation.“We don’t walk too many people, but I’m not going to let him (Lindor) beat me there,” Cora said. “I’d rather walk him and take a chance with Brantley with that matchup.”IMPROVED SWINGDonaldson was the DH on Friday and will play third base Saturday and Sunday. He’s batting .217 (5 for 23) with Cleveland, but is feeling comfortable at the plate.“I haven’t had much of the results, but I’ve hit some balls hard,” Donaldson said. “As long my approach and how I’m seeing the ball, my pitch recognition , is up to par, and I’m hitting the ball solid, there’s not much more I can ask for.”Donaldson says Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald put him in touch with a doctor who specializes in soft tissue injuries during his rehab that helped the recovery process.MAKING PROGRESSDevers hit his 18th home run and has had two hits in each of the last two games.“He’s good,” Cora said. “He’s putting in good swings. You can see there’s a lot of confidence in him.”TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: INF Eduardo Nunez (left hamstring) is expected to miss the series. He was injured beating out an infield hit Wednesday.UP NEXTRHP Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.30 ERA), the team leader in wins, starts Saturday for Boston. RHP Mike Clevinger (12-8, 3.06 ERA) starts against the Red Sox for the first time this season. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesA murky MLB National League playoff picture gained some measure of clarity on Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers clinched postseason berths.The Atlanta Braves have already sewn up the NL East, so two playoff spots remain.The NL West winner (either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Colorado Rockies) will take one, while the St. Louis Cardinals or the NL West runner-up will grab the other.Here's a look at the latest NL standings and playoff picture, with a deeper look at the best-case scenarios for the six teams still alive.All tiebreakerand standings information was obtained via Baseball-Reference is the source for all season-series figures. National League Wild-Card StandingsMilwaukee Brewers: 92-67Los Angeles Dodgers: 88-71St. Louis Cardinals: 87-72 National League EastStandingsAtlanta Braves: 89-69Washington Nationals: 81-78Philadelphia Phillies: 78-80New York Mets: 74-84Miami Marlins: 62-96National League CentralStandingsChicago Cubs: 92-66Milwaukee Brewers: 92-67St. Louis Cardinals: 87-72Pittsburgh Pirates: 80-77Cincinnati Reds: 66-93 National League WestStandingsColorado Rockies: 88-70Los Angeles Dodgers: 88-71Arizona Diamondbacks: 81-78San Francisco Giants: 73-86San Diego Padres: 64-95Best Case-ScenariosChicago Cubs (92-66): No. 1 SeedThe Chicago Cubs have the simplest path to the No. 1 seed: If they win out, they get it. The Cubs have one fewer loss than the next-best team (the Milwaukee Brewers) and control their own destiny.Other scenarios exist, however, including going 2-2 (which would bump the Braves out of the No. 1 seed conversation) and simultaneously finishing ahead of Milwaukee in the standings鈥攖he Brewers would need to go no better than 1-2 in that scenario.Chicago hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates once and St. Louis three times before the playoffs begin. The highlight of that four-game stretch is a potential pitcher's duel between the Cubs' Cole Hamels and the St. Louis Cardinals' Miles Mikolas on Saturday.Milwaukee Brewers (92-67): No. 1 SeedIf the Brewers finish with a better record than the Cubs, then they will be the No. 1 seed and have home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. Milwaukee has the season-series tiebreaker over the Braves, so one more win guarantees the Brewers placement over them in the NL bracket if they win the division.Of note Jim Thome Jersey , if the Cubs and Brewers tie for the division crown, Chicago would host a one-game playoff at Wrigley Field Monday to determine the champion (and more-than-likely No. 1 seed). The Cubs would get that reward by virtue of their11-8season-series edge over Milwaukee.Milwaukee has the easiest road left out of any NL team, as it faces the 64-94 Detroit Tigers at home to close the year. The Brewers, who have won four straight, are 48-30 in Miller Park this year, while Detroit is 26-51 away from Comerica Park.Atlanta Braves (89-69): No. 1 SeedThe Atlanta Braves can still finish with the No. 1 seed, but it won't be easy.The simplest scenario is if the Braves win out and the Cubs and Brewers lose out, giving Atlanta a 93-69 record alone atop the NL.A more complicated scenario involves the Cubs winning the NL Central and simultaneously finishing with the NL's best record alongside the Braves (at 92-70 or 93-69). In that case, Atlanta gets the edge thanks to the second tiebreaker (intra-division record).The teams split their season series, so the first tiebreaker would not work here. Atlanta already has that edge (48-24 vs. the Cubs' 38-34).Atlanta has a road tilt with the New York Mets before three more away games vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves' toughest test may be Friday when Phils ace and Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola takes the hill. Colorado Rockies (88-70): No. 1 SeedThe Colorado Rockies, who have won six straight, now control their own destiny for the NL West crown. If they win out, the Brewers and Cubs lose out and Atlanta loses at least one game, then the Rockies would be the No. 1 seed only if Chicago beats Milwaukee in the one-game NL Central division playoff.The Rockies have a 5-2 season-series edge over Atlanta in a tiebreaker scenario.Colorado has the tiebreaker over Chicago (the two tied the season series at three, but the Rockies would have the better intradivision record in this case). But Milwaukee beat the Rockies five times in seven tries, so the Brew Crew would stay ahead of them.The Rockies finish their season with a home game against the Phillies and a three-game set versus the Washington Nationals. They avoid Nola , but it's unclear whether they would face Nats ace Max Scherzer on the other side. Scherzer could hypothetically pitch Sunday against the Rockies on regular rest, but no starter has been announced. Los Angeles Dodgers (88-71): No. 2 SeedWith their loss to old friend Zach Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers mathematically fell out of the No. 1 seed running. They can still get the No. 2 seed if they (a) win the National League West and (b) finish with the same (or better) record than the Atlanta Braves.L.A. beat Atlanta 5-2 in the season series, giving the Dodgers the tiebreaker there.The Dodgers don't have an easy road, however, as they travel to San Francisco and face the rival Giants to close the season. L.A. will have ace Clayton Kershaw on the bump Saturday, but the Giants have No. 1 starter Madison Bumgarner going Friday. St. Louis Cardinals (87-72): Second Wild CardThe St. Louis Cardinals, who are in the midst of a 3-7 slide, do not control their own destiny as they sit one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the final wild-card spot.If the Redbirds pass the Dodgers (or Rockies) in the standings, they will head to Chicago or Milwaukee for the NL Wild Card Game.If the Cards tie either L.A. or Colorado, they will host a one-game playoff against the NL West runner-up, with the winner heading to the NL Wild Card Game as the road team versus the NL Central's second-place finisher. St. Louis would have the home edge thanks to season-series wins vs. both NL West teams.St. Louis finishes its season with a three-game road series against the Cubs. Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty will go against Kyle Hendricks, Cole Hamels and Mike Montgomery, respectively.

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