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Updated Scores and Standings from MLB Playoff Race
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As we head down the home stretch, there are still plenty of playoff berths up for grabs in Major League Baseball.

While most of the divisional races have been all but decided in the National League, teams are still jostling for division crowns in the American League, and the wild-card race in both leagues is getting heated.

Recaps will be completed as games finish.

 

Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels

Headed into Friday's game, the Chicago White Sox are still clinging to a two-game lead in the AL Central.

The White Sox have gone 9-9 in September, but so have the Detroit Tigers, who are currently in second place.

The Los Angeles Angels, meanwhile, are trying to battle back in September after a rough August that saw them go 13-15.

The Angels have gone 11-7 in September, but so have the Oakland Athletics, who currently lead in the wild-card race along with the Baltimore Orioles. The Angels are 4.5 games behind the Athletics and the Orioles in the wild-card picture with just 12 games to go.

The Angels trot out Ervin Santana on Friday (8-12, 5.08 ERA, 1.28 WHIP), while the White Sox send Jake Peavy (11-11, 3.26 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) to the mound.

White Sox: 81-68 (first place in AL Central)

Angels: 81-69 (third place in AL West, third in Wild Card)

 

Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners

The Rangers have a four-game lead in the AL West with 13 games to go, but the Oakland Athletics have been red-hot and the Rangers can't take anything for granted.

Fortunately for the Rangers, they open up a three-game series with the 70-80 Seattle Mariners Friday night on the back of an 11-7 September.

Left-hander Martin Perez (1-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) takes the hill for the Rangers, as Hisashi Iwakuma (6-5, 3.39 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) starts for the hosts.

Seattle has gone 6-11 in September.

Rangers: 89-60 (first place in AL West)

 

Chicago Cubs 5, St. Louis 4 (F/11)

The St. Louis Cardinals weren't supposed to lose to the bottom-feeding Chicago Cubs on Friday, but that didn't stop the Cubs from scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and ultimately winning the game, 5-4.

Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter and a collection of relievers combined to give up just two runs in eight innings on Friday, but Fernando Salas blew his third save of the season when young second baseman Darwin Barney connected on a two-run home run in the ninth.

David DeJesus (4-for-6, RBI, two runs) singled home Brett Jackson in the bottom of the 11th for the game-winner.

 

Philadelphia 6, Atlanta 2 

The Phillies may be behind in the wild-card picture, but that didn't stop them from taking it to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz combined to go 4-for-10 with three home runs, five RBI and four runs as starter Kyle Kendrick gave up just two runs in 6.2 innings, notching his 10th win of the season.

Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson was lit up, surrendering five runs in 5.1 innings.

 

Tampa Bay 12, Toronto 1

The Tampa Bay Rays took care of business on Friday, blasting the struggling Toronto Blue Jays, 12-1.

The Rays used a team effort in the victory with six different players collecting at least two hits. Luke Scott (2-for-4, four RBI, two runs) and Jose Molina (2-for-4, home run, three RBI, run) led the hosts as starter James Shields pitched seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts, picking up his 15th win of the season.

 

NY Yankees 2, Oakland 1 (F/10)

The New York Yankees survived a thriller on Friday, holding on in 10 innings behind catcher Russell Martin's game-winning home run.

It wasted a double-decker home run by A's first baseman Brandon Moss in the top of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.

It was a magnificent pitching duel between CC Sabathia (eight innings, no runs, 11 strikeouts) and Jarrod Parker (eight innings, one run, seven strikeouts).

Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki each had two hits for the home team.

 

Baltimore 4, Boston 2

Miguel Gonzalez gave up two runs in 6.1 innings and catcher Matt Wieters went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run as the Orioles won at Fenway Park on Friday, 4-2.

Red Sox starter Jon Lester gave up four runs in seven innings, picking up his 13th loss in what has been a miserable campaign for Boston.

Buck Showalter's squad is now 13-6 in September.

 

Milwaukee 4, Washington 2

Everything looked in order for the Washington Nationals before the ninth inning on Friday.

Then the ninth inning came around.

The Milwaukee Brewers scored three runs in the top of the final frame on Friday to emerge with a come-from-behind victory. 

Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Travis Ishikawa each had big hits in the inning, handing Tyler Clippard his fifth blown save of the season.

It wasted Edwin Jackson's start, who gave up just one run in eight innings before handing the ball over to Clippard.

 

LA Dodgers 3, Cincinnati 1 (F/10)

The Los Angeles Dodgers, battling for a wild-card spot, came up big against the red-hot Cincinnati Reds on Friday, with Matt Kemp slapping a two-run single to right center in the top of the 10th inning to guide the Dodgers to victory.

Joe Blanton pitched 5.2 innings of one-run ball as Kemp finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run. 

Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo had the only RBI for the hosts and saw a strong performance on the mound (eight innings, one run) go to waste.

 

Arizona 15, Colorado 5

The Arizona Diamondbacks exploded against the Colorado Rockies on Friday at Coors Field, 15-5.

The visitors racked up 19 hits in the blowout, including home runs by Adam Eaton and Chris Johnson. Johnson and catcher Miguel Montero each had three RBI while Justin Upton scored three runs.

The Diamondbacks scored at least one run in every inning except for the second inning.

Colorado's first two pitchers, Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, combined to give up nine earned runs in 4.1 innings and every Rockies pitcher that played allowed at least one run.

The Diamondbacks are still on the outside looking in, but they still have another series against the Rockies after this one and also play the Chicago Cubs for three games.

 

Minnesota at Detroit Postponed

 

On Deck for Saturday

*All times ET

Oakland at NY Yankees 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston 1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Washington 1:05 p.m. 

Minnesota at Detroit 4:05 p.m.

LA Dodgers at Cincinnati 4:05 p.m. 

Atlanta at Philadelphia 4:05 p.m. 

Toronto at Tampa Bay 7:10 p.m. 

Arizona at Colorado 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Sox at LA Angels 9:05 p.m. 

Texas at Seattle 9:10 p.m. 

 

AL East W L PCT GB
NY Yankees 87 63 .580  --
Baltimore 86 64 .573  1
Tampa Bay 81 70 .536 6.5
AL Central W L PCT GB
Chicago Sox 81 69 .540  --
Detroit 79 70 .530 1.5
AL West W L PCT GB
Texas  89 61 .593  --
Oakland 85 65 .567  4
LA Angels    82 69 .540 7.5
AL Wild Card W L PCT GB
Baltimore 86 64 .573  --
Oakland 85 65 .567  --
LA Angels 82 69 .540 3.5
Tampa Bay 81 70 .533 4.5
Detroit 79 70 .530 5.5

 

The National League division titles are basically decided. You can check that out here.

NL Wild Card W L PCT GB
Atlanta  86 65  .570   --
St. Louis 80  71  .530  --
Milwaukee 78  72  .520  1.5
LA Dodgers 78 73 .517   2
Philadelphia 77  74 .510   3 
Arizona 75  75  .500  4.5
Pittsburgh 74  76  .497  5.5

 

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