• The Boston Red Sox had a comfortable eight-game lead in the American League East entering Saturday but now have some serious question marks in center field. Jacoby Ellsbury fouled a ball off his foot over a week ago and aggravated the injury Thursday night as he stole second base. The extent of the injury is still trying to be determined, whether he sustained a deep bone bruise or a fracture in that right foot. The Red Sox recalled Jackie Bradley Jr. to start in center field in the meantime.
• The New York Yankees, only three games out in the wild-card race entering Saturday night, have developed questions of their own. Shortstop Derek Jeter felt discomfort in his surgically repaired ankle and will undergo a CT scan. General Manager Brian Cashman says it’s unclear if the injury is serious.
• An unlikely candidate for a perfect game, the San Francisco Giants’ Yusmeiro Petit came about as close as you can to pulling it off against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Petit retired the first 26 batters he faced and had two strikes on Eric Chavez. Chavez roped the offering to right field, where it landed a foot in front of the outstretched glove of Hunter Pence. The Giants won 3-0.
• The AL wild-card race is heating up in a hurry. Entering Saturday night’s games, the two teams in line to secure those spots — the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays — each had lost two games in a row while the two nearest teams in the standings — the Baltimore Orioles and Indians — each had won three in a row. The Rangers (80-60) aren’t in much danger of missing the playoffs. The Rays aren’t as lucky (77-63, 1½ games ahead of the Orioles, two games ahead of the Indians and three games ahead of the Yankees).
• The Rays will have their wild-card hopes in their own hands, though. Starting on Sept. 16, the Rays will have four-game series against both the Rangers and Orioles, followed by a three-game series against the Yankees.
— Ryan Lewis