Updated Result and Standings as the MLB Playoff Race Continues

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Updated Result and Standings as the MLB Playoff Race Continues
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The MLB is gearing up for yet another exciting end to the regular season, as Cinderella teams are sprinkled in with some World Series favorites in many tight races for playoff spots. While we may not get the type of regular-season finale that we were blessed with last year, there are still plenty of intriguing storylines and teams right on the cusp of playoff berths. 

With one more playoff spot up for grabs in each league this year for the first time ever, the madness is certainly not going to end when the regular season comes to a close.

Let's take a look at Tuesday's games that have major playoff implications.

 

American League

Boston Red Sox 7, Tampa Bay Rays 5 - F

Coming off two straight losses to the AL East-leading Yankees, the Rays may have thought they were facing a slumping Red Sox team at the perfect time. It's turned out to be the opposite effect, as the Sox have taken two straight games in Tampa to push the Rays' chances of making the playoffs even further from reality.

The Rays are now in fifth place in the Wild Card after a 7-5 loss at home to the Red Sox.

Tampa jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the third, but four straight scoring innings for Boston helped it pull out to a lead that the Rays couldn't battle back from. 

Errors played a part in their loss. The Rays committed three in the game, including a throwing error that led to the final go-ahead run for Boston.

Red Sox: 68-81 (Last place in AL East, eighth in Wild Card)

Rays: 78-70 (Third place in AL East, fifth in Wild Card)

 

Detroit Tigers 12, Oakland Athletics 2 - F

The Oakland A's kept things interesting during the early going, but couldn't silence the Tigers' bats, as Detroit pulled out a big-time home victory.

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The scorching-hot Athletics got off to a good start and took the lead off a Brandon Moss single, but they wouldn't lead for long, as the Tigers notched a run in each of the first three innings. 

Five combined runs in the fifth and sixth innings and a four-run eighth inning put it away for the Tigers, who couldn't pull any closer to the White Sox after their victory over Kansas City. 

A's: 84-63 (second in AL West, first in Wild Card)

Tigers: 78-69 (second in AL Central, fifth in Wild Card)

 

Chicago White Sox 3, Kansas City Royals 2 - F

The White Sox needed to win Tuesday to keep their distance from the Tigers, whose bats came alive against the streaky A's and hung up 12 runs.

They did just that in a closely-contested battle with the Royals. 

Kansas City led early after scoring two runs to Chicago's one run in the first inning, forcing the White Sox to trail for much of the game. But Gordon Beckham tied the game up for Chicago in the sixth inning with a solo shot, which was followed by an Alex Rios homer that gave the White Sox the lead for good. 

White Sox: 81-66 (first in AL Central)

Royals: 66-81 (third in AL Central, ninth in Wild Card)

 

Texas Rangers 3, Los Angeles Angels 11 - F

 Eight different Angels players had a RBI and Rangers ace Ryan Dempster gave up five earned runs as Los Angeles took care of Texas at home Tuesday night by the score of 11-3.

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The Angels had an eight-run fourth inning, with the exclamation point being the two-run single by catcher Chris Iannetta that started a run of Angels scores.

The Rangers are still in firm control of the first spot in the whole American League, but a pitching lapse Tuesday is a cause for concern down the stretch.

Rangers: 87-60 (first in AL West)

Angels: 81-67 (third in AL West, third in wild card)

 

Baltimore Orioles 4, Seattle Mariners 2 - F

In a grueling, 18-inning game that featured more than 16 total pitchers, the Baltimore Orioles came from behind to get a huge win, 4-2 over the Seattle Mariners.

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The Mariners were just three outs away from victory in the ninth inning before the O's knocked in two runs to tie the game. The players didn't know it at the time, but the game was just halfway over at that point.

With the win, Baltimore is now tied with the Yankees at the top of the AL East. 

Orioles: 84-64 (T-1st in AL East, T-first in wild card)

Mariners: 70-79 (last in AL West, sixth in wild card)

 

Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees: Postponed

Tuesday night's game between the Yankees and Blue Jays has been postponed. They'll play a double-header on Wednesday.

Yankees: 83-63 (first in AL East)

Blue Jays: 66-79 (fourth in AL East, seventh in wild card)

 

National League

Miami Marlins 4, Atlanta Braves 3: F/10

The Braves had a major chance to pick up a game against one of the MLB's worst teams, but they squandered it when Jose Reyes hit a walk-off single for the Marlins, who won 4-3 in a 10-inning spectacle.

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Atlanta pulled a noble comeback to even give itself a chance. Being down 3-0 heading into the ninth inning, the Braves pulled off three straight runs to send it into extra innings thanks to an RBI single by Dan Uggla and a double by Brian McCann that scored Uggla and Chipper Jones.

It was enough to get out of the early hole, but not enough to come out with a much-needed win. The Marlins' bats came alive in the 10th inning to come away with the W.

Braves: 85-64 (second in NL East, T-first in wild card)

Marlins: 65-83 (last in NL East, 10th in wild card)

 

Cincinnati Reds 3, Chicago Cubs 1 - F

The Cincinnati Reds are just one of a few teams who don't feel the pressure of winning due to their massive division lead, but that didn't stop them from taking care of the Cubs in Chicago on Tuesday by the score of 3-2.

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Neither team scored until a three-run sixth inning by the Reds that Chicago could never rally back from. 

Homer Bailey picked up his 12th win of the season for the Reds, who seem to be hitting their stride at the perfect time and are undoubtedly one of the favorites to come out of the National League.

Reds: 89-59 (first in NL Central)

Cubs: 58-90 (fifth in NL Central, 12th in wild card)

 

St. Louis Cardinals 4, Houston Astros 1 - F

The Cardinals put a stop to their most recent bleeding with a win over a bottom-tier MLB team Tuesday night with a 4-1 victory at home over the Houston Astros.

St. Louis held Houston scoreless until the eighth inning and was never seriously contested by the hapless Astros, who became the first team in the MLB to reach 100 losses. 

Cardinals ace Kyle Lohse picked up his 15th win of the season.

Astros: 48-100 (last in NL Central, last in wild card)

Cardinals: 78-70 (second in NL Central, T-first in wild card)

 

Colorado Rockies 3, San Francisco Giants 6 - F

Giants ace Tim Lincecum may not be having the type of year that warrants much praise, but he had a praise-worthy performance Tuesday night in a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

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In a 6.1-inning outing, Lincecum let up just five hits with no earned runs to extend their lead in the NL West.

Xavier Nady went 2-for-3 and knocked in two runs to hold off the Rockies in a bout between the best and worst teams in the division. 

Giants: 85-63 (first in NL West)

Rockies: 58-89 (last in NL West, 11th in wild card)

 

Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals: Postponed

Tuesday night's game between the Dodgers and Nationals has been postponed. They'll play a double-header on Wednesday.

Dodgers: 76-71 (second in NL West, third in wild card)

Nationals: 89-57 (first in NL East)

 

On Deck for Wednesday

Toronto at NY Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET

LA Dodgers at Washington, 4:05 p.m. ET

Oakland at Detroit, 7 p.m. ET

Toronto at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET

LA Dodgers at Washington, 7:05 p.m. ET

Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m. ET

Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. ET

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. ET

Houston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. ET

Texas at LA Angels, 10 p.m. ET

Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. ET

Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. ET


American League Standings

AL East

W

L

PCT

GB

NY Yankees

83

63

.568

-

Baltimore

84

64

.568

-

Tampa Bay

78

70

.527

5.5

 

AL Central

W

L

PCT

GB

Chicago W. Sox

81

66

.551

-

Detroit

78

69

.527

3

Kansas City

66

81

.449

14

 

AL West

W

L

PCT

GB

Texas

87

60

.592

-

Oakland

84

63

.571

3

L.A. Angels

81

67

.547

6.5

 

AL Wild Card

W

L

PCT

GB

Oakland

84

63

.571

-

Baltimore

84

64

.568

-

LA Angels

81

67

.547

2.5

Detroit

78

69

.531

5

Tampa Bay

78

70

.527

5.5

Seattle

70

79

.473

13.5

 

National League Standings

NL East

W

L

PCT

GB

Washington

89

57

.610

-

Atlanta

85

64

.570

5.5

Philadelphia

74

74

.500

16

 

NL Central

W

L

PCT

GB

Cincinnati

89

59

.601

-

St. Louis

78

70

.527

11

Milwaukee

75

72

.510

13.5

Pittsburgh

74

73

.503

14.5

 

NL West

W

L

PCT

GB

San Francisco

85

63

.574

-

L.A. Dodgers

76

71

.517

8

Arizona

72

74

.493

11.5

 

NL Wild Card

W

L

PCT

GB

Atlanta

85

64

.570

-

St. Louis

78

70

.527

-

L.A. Dodgers

76

71

.517

1

Milwaukee

74

72

.507

2.5

Pittsburgh

74

72

.507

2.5

Philadelphia

74

74

.500

3.5

Arizona

72

74

.493

4.5

San Diego

71

76

.483

6


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