Lester pushes A’s back on top of Wild Card standings

The A's are back on top again, at least in the American League Wild Card standings, and they have Jon Lester to thank. The lefty twirled seven innings of one-run ball, lifting the A's out of the loss column with a 3-1 series-opening victory over the Phillies in front of a sellout crowd at the Coliseum on Friday evening to give them a half-game lead on the Royals with nine to play.

Martin’s late blast moves Bucs even closer to playoffs

Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Jonathan Broxton to stun the Brewers, 4-2, in front of 37,974 revelers Friday night at PNC Park. With their fifth straight win, the Bucs reduced their magic number for clinching a postseason berth as at least the National League's No. 2 Wild Card to 5. Their lead over Milwaukee grew to 4 1/2 games.

Ellsbury strains right hamstring hustling down line

After beating out an errant throw from Jose Reyes with the bases loaded in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays, Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the bag in some pain. He remained in to run the bases, but manager Joe Girardi pulled Ellsbury before the fifth inning with a strained right hamstring and the center fielder underwent an MRI soon after.