The Kansas City Royals will try to preserve their slim hopes for a wild-card playoff berth when they open a three-game road series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Kansas City (75-77) is 3 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins with 10 games remaining in the race for the American League's second wild-card spot. The Royals will aim for their third consecutive victory after posting back-to-back wins over the Toronto Blue Jays, 15-5 and 1-0.
Both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles are mathematically alive in the American League wild-card race. The Orioles (74-80) gained the upper hand with a 3-1 victory in the opener on Thursday. The Rays (74-79) now must find a way to bounce back on Friday, though they are still ahead of Baltimore in the standings.
The Houston Dynamo are hosting New York City FC but are traveling a little further in their attempt to stop a four-game winless streak. Instead of facing NYCFC at Yankee Stadium, the Dynamo will play Saturday's game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The game was moved from Houston on Aug. 22 due to impact of Hurricane Harvey.