Updated Scores and Standings from MLB Playoff Race
Major League Baseball's playoff picture is being hashed out night by night, with each day's games becoming more and more important.
Some races have been tied up. The National League's division races are in the bag, and terming them "races" would be misleading. Everything else, on the other hand, is coming down to the wire.
Saturday's action will bring us another step closer to the end.
Game recaps will be available as each game ends.
*All times ET
NY Yankees 10, Oakland 9 - F
Five different pitchers for each team allowed at least one run on Saturday in this 14-inning extravaganza. Eventually, Corey Wade was able to close the door in the 14th to earn the victory.
Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 16 games, and the Yankees remain on top of the AL East.
Yankees: 88-63 (first in AL East)
Athletics: 85-66 (second in AL West, first in AL wild card)
Baltimore 9, Boston 6—Final
Fifteen runs, 28 hits and 12 innings later, the Orioles have defeated the Boston Red Sox. Baltimore's offense was paced by Adam Jones and Manny Machado, and four relief pitchers threw shutout baseball after Pedro Strop blew the lead late in the game.
Orioles: 87-64 (second in AL East, first in AL wild-card standings)
Red Sox: 68-85 (fourth in AL East)
Detroit 8, Minnesota 0 - F
Doug Fister earned his 10th win of the season, keeping the Tigers in the thick of the AL pennant race. He was helped by Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young, all of which hit home runs.
Tigers: 80-70 (second in AL Central, fourth in AL wild card)
Twins: 62-89 (fourth in AL Central)
Tampa Bay 11, Toronto 5 - F
The Rays continued their playoff push with a big victory Saturday night. The offense supplied three hits, including three home runs. Seven Rays pitchers took the mound, with Burke Badenhop earning the win.
Rays: 82-70 (third in AL East, third in AL wild card)
Blue Jays: 66-84 (fifth in AL East)
LA Angels 4, Chicago White Sox 2 - F
The Angels rode a solid six-run start from Dan Haren to a four-run lead to start the game. The White Sox tried to come back, but Paul Konerko and company couldn't make it happen.
The AL Central holds one of baseball's most interesting races at this point, and Chicago's loss only adds to that fact.
Angels: 83-69 (third in AL West, second in AL wild card)
White Sox: 81-70 (first in AL Central)
Seattle 1, Texas 0
Blake Beavan threw seven-scoreless innings en route to a Mariner victory Saturday evening. Michael Saunders' home run was the only run scored in the entire game, but it would be enough to hand Matt Harrison his 10th loss of the season.
Rangers: 89-62 (first in AL West)
Mariners: 72-80 (fourth in AL West)
St. Louis 5, Chicago Cubs 4—Final
This game was back and forth. St. Louis took a 3-0 lead to start the contest, but the Cubs would bounce back with four unanswered runs. The Cardinals would not be denied, however, as Carlos Beltran's solo shot in the eighth evened the game.
Jon Jay's double in the 10th scored Matt Carpenter and earned St. Louis the victory.
Cardinals: 81-71 (second in NL Central, second in NL wild-card standings)
Cubs: 59-93 (fifth in NL Central)
Washington 10, Milwaukee 4—Final
The Nationals used another stellar effort from Gio Gonzalez to win their 92nd game of the year on Saturday. Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Laroche all hit home runs to pace the offense.
Gonzalez's victory made him baseball's first 20-game winner.
Nationals: 92-59 (first in NL East)
Brewers: 78-73 (third in NL Central, T-third in NL wild-card standings)
Cincinnati 6, LA Dodgers 0 - F
Mat Latos earned his 13th win of the season as the Reds continue running away with the NL Central title. The Dodgers couldn't get anything going, and a three-run eighth inning put this one out of reach.
Reds: 92-60 (first in NL Central)
Dodgers: 78-74 (second in NL West, third in NL wild card)
Atlanta 8, Philadelphia 2 - F
Mike Minor allowed two runs in six frames to add to Atlanta's win total this season. Roy Halladay allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings, and Jason Heyward had three RBI for the Braves' offense.
Braves: 87-65 (second in NL East, first in NL wild card)
Phillies: 77-75 (third in NL East, fourth in NL East)
Arizona 8, Colorado 7 - F
The Diamondbacks are barely in it, but they are. This game included 27 hits, but David Hernandez and J.J. Putz provided enough pitching out of the bullpen to earn Arizona the victory.
Colorado just wants this season to be over.
Diamondbacks: 76-75 (third in AL West, fifth in NL wild card)
Rockies: 58-93 (fifth in NL West)
On Deck for Sunday
*All times p.m., ET
Oakland at NY Yankees, 1:05
Minnesota at Detroit, 1:05
Baltimore at Boston, 1:35
Milwaukee at Washington, 1:35
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 1:35
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 1:40
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 2:20
Arizona at Colorado, 3:10
Chicago White Sox at LA Angels, 3:35
Texas at Seattle, 4:10
Minnesota at Detroit, 7:05
American League Standings
|Tampa Bay Rays||82||70||.539||6.5|
|Chicago White Sox||81||70||.536||-|
|AL Wild Card||W||L||PCT||GB|
|Tampa Bay Rays||82||70||.539||3.5|
National League Standings
You can look here, but the drama has been taken out of the National League division races.
|NL Wild Card||W||L||PCT||GB|
|St. Louis Cardinals||81||71||.533||-|
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