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The Toronto Blue Jays have clinched a playoff spot, but still have much to play for as they open their final home series of the regular season against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. 

The out-of-contention Red Sox officially punched the Blue Jays’ post-season ticket by beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Thursday, an off-day for Toronto. 

Now, the Blue Jays are trying to stay ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners for first in the wild-card race, which would allow Toronto to play its best-of-three first-round series at home starting Oct. 7. 

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Here’s a look at the Blue Jays-Red Sox series. 

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Probable pitchers 

Friday, 7:07 p.m. ET / 4:07 p.m. PT: Toronto RHP Alek Manoah (15-7, 2.31 ERA) vs. Boston RHP Nick Pivetta (10-11, 4.48 ERA) 

Saturday, 3:07 p.m. ET / 12:07 p.m. PT: Toronto RHP Ross Stripling (9-4, 3.16 ERA) vs. Boston RHP Brayan Bello (2-7, 4.39 ERA) 

Sunday, 1:37 p.m. ET / 10:37 a.m. PT: Toronto RHP Kevin Gausman (12-10, 3.30) vs. Boston TBD 

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Latest on the Blue Jays 

The Blue Jays (87-69) lost two of three to the visiting New York Yankees earlier this week. 

After a dramatic 3-2, 10-inning win in the opener on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s walk-off single and Gausman’s strong start, the Blue Jays didn’t get the same kind of starts from Jose Berrios and Mitch White and dropped the next two. 

Aaron Judge’s AL record-tying 61st home run of the season highlighted a series-ending 8-3 win for the Yankees on Wednesday. 

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The Yankees also clinched the AL East crown with a 5-2 win on Tuesday. 

Latest on the Red Sox 

The out-of-contention Red Sox (74-81) did the Blue Jays, Rays and Mariners a favour by taking three of four from the Orioles. 

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie on Thursday, propelling the Red Sox to a 5-3 win. 

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Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi pitched 4 2/3 innings, making his first appearance since going on the injured list on Aug. 23 with a sore right shoulder. He allowed two runs — one earned — on five hits while striking out three. 

The Red Sox won 10 of 19 against the Orioles this year, taking the season series for the fifth year in a row. 

Playoff watch 

With six games left, the Blue Jays are 1.5 games in front of Seattle and two games ahead of Tampa Bay for top spot in the wild-card race. 

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The top finisher hosts the No. 2 team in the first round, while the No. 3 team goes to Cleveland to face the Guardians. 

Toronto must finish ahead of Tampa and Seattle to get first as it does not own the tiebreaker. 

The Rays are in Houston to face the AL-leading Astros this weekend, while the Mariners host the last-place Oakland A’s. 

Season series 

The Blue Jays are a dominant 13-3 against the Red Sox this year. 

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Toronto is a perfect 6-0 against the Red Sox since the All-Star break with all the wins coming at Fenway Park. 

The highlight was a franchise record for runs in a night when the Blue Jays pounded the Red Sox 28-5 on July 22. 

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Manoah squares off against Victoria’s Pivetta in the opener – the same pitching matchup that took place on June 29 at Rogers Centre. 

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Both starters were good in no-decisions that night (Manoah gave up three runs, two earned, in seven innings and Pivetta allowed two runs in six innings) before the Red Sox won 6-5 in an exciting 10-inning game. The Red Sox scored three in the 10th before the Blue Jays fell just short with two. 

Up next 

The Blue Jays wrap up their season with three games in Baltimore against the Orioles, starting Monday. 

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Who’s Playing

UTSA @ Middle Tenn.

Current Records: UTSA 2-2; Middle Tenn. 3-1

What to Know

The UTSA Roadrunners are 3-1 against the Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders since November of 2015, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success Friday. The Roadrunners and Middle Tenn. will face off in a Conference USA battle at 7:30 p.m. ET at Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium. Both teams have set a high bar for this game after stand-out offensive performances in their previous games.

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Everything went UTSA’s way against the Texas Southern Tigers last week as they made off with a 52-24 win. QB Frank Harris was a one-man wrecking crew for UTSA, passing for four TDs and 392 yards on 31 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 31 yards. Near the top of the highlight reel was Harris’ 69-yard TD bomb to WR De’Corian Clark in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Middle Tenn. was hampered by 82 penalty yards against the Miami (FL) Hurricanes last week, but luckily for them that wasn’t the tale of the game. Middle Tenn. came out on top against Miami (FL) by a score of 45-31. QB Chase Cunningham had a stellar game for the Blue Raiders as he passed for three TDs and 408 yards on 25 attempts in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown. Cunningham’s 98-yard touchdown toss to WR DJ England-Chisolm in the fourth quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the afternoon.

The Roadrunners are the favorite in this one, with an expected 4.5-point margin of victory. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past two games, so buyers beware.

UTSA is now 2-2 while Middle Tenn. sits at 3-1. A pair of numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: UTSA enters the contest with only two thrown interceptions, good for 34th best in the nation. But the Blue Raiders enter the game having picked the ball off six times, good for 11th in the nation. These opposing strengths should make for an exciting matchup.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium — Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • TV: CBS Sports Network
  • Live Stream: CBSSports.com or fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Watch on your Phone: CBS Sports App
  • Watch on Connected TV: CBS Sports App on Roku and Fire TV
  • Ticket Cost: $23.00

Odds

The Roadrunners are a 4.5-point favorite against the Blue Raiders, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Roadrunners as a 5.5-point favorite.

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Over/Under: -110

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Series History

UTSA have won three out of their last four games against Middle Tenn.

  • Sep 18, 2021 – UTSA 27 vs. Middle Tenn. 13
  • Sep 25, 2020 – UTSA 37 vs. Middle Tenn. 35
  • Nov 05, 2016 – UTSA 45 vs. Middle Tenn. 25
  • Nov 28, 2015 – Middle Tenn. 42 vs. UTSA 7



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San Diego State @ Boise State

Current Records: San Diego State 2-2; Boise State 2-2

What to Know

The San Diego State Aztecs and the Boise State Broncos will face off in a Mountain West clash at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 30 at Albertsons Stadium. San Diego State isn’t expected to win, but seeing as the odds didn’t stop them last game, maybe the squad has another upset up their sleeve.

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Things were close when the Aztecs and the Toledo Rockets clashed last week, but San Diego State ultimately edged out the opposition 17-14. San Diego State can attribute much of their success to RB Jordan Byrd, who rushed for two TDs and 115 yards on 16 carries. That nimble footwork stands out as the first time Byrd has hit the 100-yard rushing mark this season. Byrd’s sharp performance also set his single-game rushing touchdown high for the season.

San Diego State’s defense was a presence as well, as it collected three interceptions and one fumble. Those interceptions were spread across their defensive unit.

Meanwhile, Boise State was first on the board but had to settle for second at the end of their matchup against the UTEP Miners last Friday. The Broncos took a hard 27-10 fall against UTEP. This was hardly the result Boise State or its fans were betting on, as they were favored by 16.5 points over UTEP heading into this game. No one had a standout game offensively for Boise State, but QB Hank Bachmeier led the way with one touchdown.

San Diego State’s win brought them up to 2-2 while Boise State’s loss pulled them down to an identical 2-2. A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: San Diego State enters the contest with only three rushing touchdowns allowed, good for 29th best in the nation. As for the Broncos, they rank 13th in the nation when it comes to passing yards allowed per game, with only 159.8 on average.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Albertsons Stadium — Boise, Idaho
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $29.00

Odds

The Broncos are a solid 6.5-point favorite against the Aztecs, according to the latest college football odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Broncos, as the game opened with the Broncos as a 5-point favorite.

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Over/Under: -110

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Series History

San Diego State have won two out of their last three games against Boise State.

  • Nov 26, 2021 – San Diego State 27 vs. Boise State 16
  • Oct 06, 2018 – San Diego State 19 vs. Boise State 13
  • Oct 14, 2017 – Boise State 31 vs. San Diego State 14



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