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Red Sox can clinch best record tonight

Sitting two games up with three to play, the Red Sox can clinch the best record in the American League with a win tonight in Baltimore paired with an Athleitcs loss to the Mariners (10:10 p.m.).

By clinching the top seed, the Red Sox will not only assure themselves home field throughout the playoffs, but will face the wild-card winner in the ALDS. That team will have already used one of its best starters to win a one-game playoff.

Then again, the current wild card leaders -- the Rays and Indians -- have each won seven straight games and could head into a potential ALDS series against the Red Sox red hot.