Weekend Schedules In AL Heating Up For Wild Card Race

RoyalsAs of Friday morning, there are five teams realistically in the hunt for the second AL wild-card spot with two weeks and two days remaining in the season.

Look at this schedule:

•Rays: Three games against Twins in Target Field.
•Yankees: Three games against Red Sox in Fenway Park.
•Indians: Four games against White Sox in US Cellular Field (starting Thursday).
•Orioles: Three games against Blue Jays in Rogers Centre.
•Royals: Three games against Tigers in Comerica Park.

The Yankees and Royals draw first place teams while the Rays, Indians and Orioles draw last place teams.

If things play out as expected, the Rays will maintain their lead while the Indians and Orioles take advantage of their schedules and leap over the Yankees and Royals. Things almost never play out as expected though, which is why this wild-card race is so fascinating.

Source: Mike Axisa, CBS Sports