In falling to 82-75, the Astros dropped to 3.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second American League wild card with only five games left on their schedule. Any combination of three Astros losses and Orioles wins will officially eliminate them from contention.
Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel joined fellow Cuban Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets and Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers in paying tribute to Jose Fernandez in wake of the star Miami Marlins pitcher's death Sunday in a boating accident.
Alex Bregman could return to the lineup as early as this weekend and Lance McCullers could be activated next week if the Astros make the playoffs. And Colby Rasmus' time with the Astros has likely come to a close, based on updates provided Monday by manager A.J. Hinch.
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The Cleveland Indians return to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and it is their first division win since 2007.