After locking up the American League East title last Friday, the Red Sox shifted their focus toward a greater goal — securing the AL’s best record.
The league’s best mark brings with it much more than bragging rights, as the team that finishes on top at the end of the regular season will host the winner of the wild card game, rather than another division champ, in the ALDS.
The Red Sox held a one-game lead on AL West champion Oakland entering Tuesday. In the event both teams finish with the same record, the league’s top seed will be determined not by a one-game playoff, but with an elaborate tiebreaker system — one Boston manager John Farrell would like to avoid.
Hear what the skipper had to say prior to Tuesday’s game in the video above.