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Blue Jays are hoping they can be spoilsports

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The Blue Jays aren't in the race for the lead in the American League or for the AL wild-card spot.

But they have a chance to have a say who will win those places.

They start with a three-game series at New York on Friday night against the Yankees, who are second in the AL East and occupy the wild-card spot by a comfortable margin over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Blue Jays come home Monday to open a four-game series against the Red Sox, who lead the AL East.

Toronto is in Boston for two more games Sept. 13-14, then are home for three more against the Yankees on Sept. 16-18.

It sounds good, but if the Red Sox and Yankees continue to win it is proof of how the wild card can actually suck the interest of what could be a pretty tense divisional race.

All they will be deciding is who goes into postseason as AL East winner and who goes in as the wild card.

There's still time for one of those two teams to falter and the Rays, winner of three of four games last weekend at Rogers Centre, to go on a surge. But it had better happen soon.

If not, the race in which the Blue Jays could have the most influence could be the AL West, because the Los Angeles Angels visit Rogers Centre for a four-game series Sept. 19-22. They are chasing the Texas Rangers.

Then the Blue Jays finish their season with three games at Tampa Bay and three more at Chicago against the White Sox, who still have hope in the AL Central.

So depending on how things shake down in the next couple of weeks, the Blue Jays could have lots of meaningful games in September. The only problem is that they will be more meaningful to the other teams.

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