Saturday September 28, 2013 | 08:49 AM

The Red Sox have two games left, as do the A's. If Boston wins one or Oakland loses one, then the Red Sox will have the best AL record and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Rays lost, which made the wild card race interesting.

Boston sends Jon Lester (15-8, 3.67 ERA) against Baltimore and Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 4.03) tonight.

The numbers: 

RACE FOR BEST AL RECORD
Boston 97-63
Oakland 95-65 (2 games behind)

BOSTON’S MAGIC NUMBER
To clinch the best record in the AL: 1

REMAINING GAMES:
Boston at Orioles (2)
A’s at Mariners (2)

Wild Card
Tampa Bay 90-70
Cleveland 90-70
Texas 89-71 (1 game back)

TODAY’S GAMES
Red Sox at Orioles
A’s at Mariners
Rays at Blue Jays
Indians at Twins
Angels at Rangers
 

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