We haven't done much September scoreboard watching around here the past few years, but we are in that mode now.Last night was a great night to keep an eye on the other teams in the race, because they all did their part to help the Twins.
First, Houston shut out the Angels 3-0. Next, Chicago beat KC 7-6 after what looked like a game-tying base hit after the right fielder fell down turned into a wild game-ending 9-2-4-6 DP after he recovered to throw out the runner trying to score from second.Finally, Oakland topped Texas, 4-1, leaving the Rangers and Angels 3.5 games back and the Royals 4.5 out.(The Rays and Mariners are 5 back - not quire close enough for me to pay attention to them.)
Today, the Astros are seem to have their game against the Angels well in hand, leading 6-1 in the bottom of the 8th.The rest of the games of note will be tonight:
Royals at White Sox - Duffy (8-9, 3.71) vs Covey (0-6, 8.18)
Rangers at A's- Gonzalez (8-11, 4.75) vs. Manaea (11-10, 4.56)
While watching the Twins tonight, feel free to keep one eye on the out of town scoreboard. It's even OK to root for the White Sox for the coming week, as hard as it may be to do that.
Note:Astros 6, Angels 2, now final.