New York Teams

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

And now the wait to see if the Mets have clinched a postseason berth. Surging Jay Bruce drove in three runs and the Mets took care of their business on Friday, shaving their magic number to one by beating the Phillies, 5-1. The Mets officially will secure a second straight postseason berth if the Pirates beat the Cardinals later Friday. The Mets (86-74) moved a season-high 12 games over .500. They only had five batters reach against Phillies right-hander Alec Asher, but four of those came on consecutive two-out singles in the fourth and decided the game.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce's bat has awakened. Bruce has now started five straight games since a brief benching. And after a seventh-inning long ball on Friday in Philadelphia, Bruce now has four homers and seven RBIs and a six-game hitting streak in the past week.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees starter Michael Pineda will finish the season with 174.2 innings pitched and 207 strikeouts, all new career-highs, but will also finish out with a career-high ERA of 4.82 (includes 94 earned runs and 52 homers over 28 starts.) El dominicano Michael Pineda con una nueva marca personal en entradas lanzadas y ponches en una sola temporada con 174 y 2/3 y 207 abanicados, pero además registró una efectividad de 4.82 y permitió 52 cuadrangulares en 28 aperturas esta temporada.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Short of a miracle, your 2016 home run champ will be Mark Trumbo. The Orioles slugger just went yard for the 47th time, five more than anyone else in the bigs. The two-run blast puts the O's up 5-1 in the fifth and ends the night for Yanks starter Michael Pineda.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Not surprisingly, at cold and damp Yankee Stadium, the ball isn't carrying for the Orioles (or Yanks). In fact, it's the opposite of carrying. Let's call it dropping - Birds dropping. (Insert rim shot here.) Nevertheless, Jonathan Schoop managed to hit one off the wall in right-center for a two-run double. O's lead 2-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Masahiro Tanaka will not start against the Orioles on Saturday. Instead, it will be Luis Severino. Tanaka missed his previous start because a slightly strained forearm. If the Yankees were in contention, Tanaka would go.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek plans to use Kristaps Porzingis in pick-and-pop situations this season. "We want him to mix it up. Sometimes he's going to roll, sometimes he's going to pop," the coach said, adding that he wants screeners like Porzingis & Carmelo to make sure they clear space for their shot.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Beautiful night for baseball at first pitch in the Bronx. Seats understandably empty.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets worked out free-agent DE Chris McCain (Dolphins, Saints, Cowboys) today.

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles did not commit to new TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, re-signed WR Jeremy Ross being active this Sunday. Said decision would be made over weekend.

Lineup: Yankees (83-76) vs. Orioles (87-72)

  • 1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (L)
  • 2. Chase Headley, 3B (S)
  • 3. Gary Sanchez, C (R)
  • 4. Brian McCann, DH (L)
  • 5. Mark Teixeira, 1B (S)
  • 6. Didi Gregorius, SS (L)
  • 7. Aaron Hicks, RF (S)
  • 8. Mason Williams, LF (L)
  • 9. Ronald Torreyes, 2B (R)
  • SP: Michael Pineda, RHP

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets official injury report: WR Eric Decker (shoulder), WR Jalin Marshall (shoulder), QB Bryce Petty (shoulder) out this week. OT Ryan Clady (shoulder), LB Bruce Carter (ankle) questionable. But coach Todd Bowles said Clady will play against Seahawks.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets-Seahawks injury report: Now that we know WR Eric Decker (rotator cuff) is out indefinitely, there are no major questions for the Jets. LT Ryan Clady will play, per Todd Bowles.

ESPN Stats & Info

Jets looking to pull off upset

The Seahawks may be the conventional pick to win this matchup but with a hobbled Russell Wilson nothing is for sure. ESPN's FPI likes the Jets to win this one.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You always hear about the Yankees doing things first-class. Here's an example: In the visitors' clubhouse, there are four black leather couches, and the middle back pillow on each one has an authentic, embroidered Orioles logo on it. Turns out each middle pillow has a zip-out swatch that allows them to swap out the logos depending on which team is in town. Because of that (and because it's a really swanky room), you'd never know it was the visitors' clubhouse.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's currently misty (and tarpy) at Yankee Stadium. Accuweather forecast for Orioles/Yanks calls for a 65% chance of showers at game time, with the threat lingering throughout the evening. The O's have won five of their last six and are now tied with Toronto for the top wild card spot.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores again will attempt to swing a bat today. It's been 20 days since Flores injured his right wrist in a plate collision in Atlanta.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have yet to decide if Masahiro Tanaka will start on Saturday against the Orioles, manager Joe Girardi said.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he thought Reds manager Bryan Price got out there in time to challenge -- even if it was 15 seconds instead of 10 seconds or whatever is stipulated -- on the game-ending play in St. Louis on Thursday. He said he came away from that debacle believing his outfielders definitely need to know the ground rules for visiting ballparks "so we don't have to get ourselves in those situations."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said he kept Bartolo Colon on Saturday on standard rest to avoid getting "too cute." Collins said he cannot answer whether Colon would be available for the wild-card game if Noah Syndergaard has to pitch a full game Sunday.

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