AL playoff matchups set: Blue Jays host Mariners, Rays visit Guardians
The American League postseason picture is now clear after the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays in a rain-shortened game Tuesday.
Tampa Bay is officially the No. 6 seed, which means it will begin the playoffs on the road against the 3-seed Cleveland Guardians. The Rays' loss also means the Seattle Mariners claim the No. 5 seed, so they will head to Canada to play the 4-seed Toronto Blue Jays.
Following Tuesday's victory against the Detroit Tigers, Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed that Luis Castillo would start Game 1 of their wild-card matchup against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
The Blue Jays will counter with right-hander Alek Manoah in Game 1, the team announced on Wednesday.
The wild-card series starts Friday and goes through Sunday. Start times were announced on Wednesday:
|DATE||SERIES||1ST PITCH (ET)|
|Oct. 7||TB @ CLE||12:07 p.m.|
|Oct. 7||SEA @ TOR||4:07 p.m.|
|Oct. 8||TB @ CLE||12:07 p.m.|
|Oct. 8||SEA @ TOR||4:07 p.m.|
|Oct. 9*||SEA @ TOR||2:07 p.m.|
|Oct. 9*||TB @ CLE||4:07 p.m.|