Friday September 07, 2012 | 05:54 AM

With the Blue Jays in Boston for a weekend series, last place in the AL East is on the line. Although the talk will be about perpetual rumors that the Toronto skipper (John Farrell) will replace the Boston skipper (Bobby Valentine) next year.

Elsewhere, there are games that matter, including the Orioles vs. the Yankees. Baltimore hit six home runs to win the first game of their four-game series Thursday, 10-6, and move back into a first-place tie in the division.

In Triple-A, Pawtucket managed a 3-2 win over the Yankees for a 2-0 lead in the International League playoffs. Bryce Brentz was 2-for-3 with two RBI. He scored the winning run on a Yankees error.

Chris Hernandez pitched six strong innings: 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K ... Scott Atchison, on a rehab assignment, got the win in relief (1 1/3 IP, 1 H).

In the Eastern League playoffs, Bowie beat Akron 7-5 to take a 2-0 lead, while Trenton evened its series with Reading 1-1, with a 4-1 win.

Now for the standings: 

AL EAST
Yankees 77-60
Orioles 77-60
Rays 75-62 (2.5)

WILD CARD
Orioles or Yankees 77-60
A’s 76-60
Rays 75-62 (1.5 back)
Angels 74-63 (2.5)
Tigers 73-63 (3)

FOR 2013 TOP DRAFT PICK
Astros 42-95
Cubs 51-86
Twins 56-81
Rockies 56-80
Indians 58-79
Marlins 61-77
Royals 61-76
Blue Jays 61-75
RED SOX 63-75
Padres 64-74
Mets 65-72
Seattle 67-71
Brewers 67-70
Diamondbacks 68-70
 

 

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