BALTIMORE — The Red Sox will host the wild card champion on Friday in Game 1 of their American League Division Series. Their opponent could face a long and winding road to Fenway Park.
With one game remaining in the regular season, the Terry Francona-led Cleveland Indians (91-70) are first in the wild card standings with the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays tied for second at 90-71. The Red Sox are rooting for a three-way tie and the chaos that will ensue.
If three teams end up tied, the Rays would play the Indians in Cleveland on Monday. The winner gets a spot in the wild-card playoff game on Wednesday. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.