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Updated Scores and Standings from MLB Playoff Race

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Starting pitcher Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 23, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 4-1.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2012

Major League Baseball's standings are filling out as we speak, with a handful of teams fighting for their postseason lives.

This is what makes the 162-game marathon worth it. Pennant races always bring exciting moments to the table, and this year's has been no different.

It's a different day, so that means we have some new games to recap. They'll be here as they finish.

 

American League

Oakland 5, NY Yankees 4: F

Cliff Pennington's two-run home run in the second inning gave Oakland the early advantage, and their bullpen was able to close the door in the later innings. Jerry Blevins wound up with the win, and the Athletics added another notch in their unlikely season.

Athletics: 86-66 (second in AL West, first in AL wild card)

Yankees: 88-64 (first in AL East)

 

Minnesota 10, Detroit 4: F

Scott Diamond's solid start handed Max Scherzer his seventh loss of the season, and the Tigers failed to help their playoff cause on Sunday. Detroit hopped out to a 2-0 lead, but 10 unanswered runs ensured the Twins' victory.

Twins: 63-89 (fourth in AL Central)

Tigers: 80-71 (second in AL Central, fourth in AL wild card)

 

Boston 2, Baltimore 1: F

The New York Yankees also lost on the day, but the Orioles failed to take advantage. Chris Tillman only allowed one run in six innings, but he received almost no support.

Manny Machado's RBI single in the fifth couldn't provide the boost they needed.

Red Sox: 69-85 (fourth in AL East)

Orioles: 87-65 (second in AL East, first in AL wild card)


Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 0: F

The Rays are fighting an uphill battle in the AL wild-card race, but every win helps. Evan Longoria's two-run double in the eighth put this one out of reach, as Jeremy Hellickson earned his ninth victory of the year.

Rays: 83-70 (third in AL East, third in AL wild card)

Blue Jays: 66-85 (fifth in AL East)


LA Angels 4, Chicago White Sox 1: F

Jered Weaver won his 19th game for the Angels and a four-run sixth inning kept the LA Angels' wild-card hopes alive.

Angels: 84-69 (third in AL West, second in AL wild card)

White Sox: 81-71 (first in AL Central)


Texas 3, Seattle 2: F

Ryan Dempster continued his hot pitching as Texas added to their win total on Sunday. Home runs from Mike Napoli and Geovany Soto paced the Rangers' attack, allowing them to maintain their margin atop the AL West.

Rangers: 90-62 (first in AL West)

Mariners: 72-81 (fourth in AL West)


Minnesota 2, Detroit 1 - F

Miguel Cabrera knocked an RBI single in the first inning, but Detroit's scoring stopped there. Jamey Carroll delivered two big hits, resulting in two runs and the Twins made the Tigers' playoff hill steeper to climb.

Twins: 64-89 (fourth in AL Central)

Tigers: 80-72 (second in AL Central, fourth in AL wild card)

 

National League

Milwaukee 6, Washington 2: F

The Nationals have already clinched their playoff berth, but they've been unable to lock up the division title. Milwaukee used 15 hits to outdo their opponent and continue their wild-card chase.

Brewers: 79-73 (third in NL Central, second in NL wild card)

Nationals: 92-60 (first in NL East)

 

Atlanta 2, Philadelphia 1: F

Tim Hudson and Cliff Lee each turned in solid pitching performances, but Lee wound up taking the loss. Chase Utley tried to bring the Phillies back, but Atlanta's two early runs proved to be enough.

Braves: 88-65 (second in NL East, first in NL wild card)

Phillies: 77-76 (third in NL East, fifth in NL wild card)

 

St. Louis 6, Chicago Cubs 3: F

Kyle Lohse has quietly cruised to an outstanding 16-3 season, earning the Cardinals another big victory. Wilkin Castillo tried to keep the Cubs in the game at the plate, but 12 Cardinals hits were the difference.

Cardinals: 82-71 (second in NL Central, second in NL wild card)

Cubs: 59-94 (fifth in NL Central)


Arizona 10, Colorado 7: F

No one came to pitch in this one. Seventeen runs and 32 total hits show how dynamic the offenses were.The game was 4-4 in the eighth inning before a three-run Aaron Hill home run handed the D'Backs the decisive margin.

Diamondbacks:77-75 (third in NL West, fourth in NL West)

Rockies: 58-94 (fifth in NL West)


Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Cincinnati 3 - F

The Dodgers offense received two home runs worth of help from Adrian Gonzalez, and all five pitchers turned in excellent performances. The Reds already sewed up their playoff spot and division title, so this game didn't mean much for them. LA needs to keep winning if they want to reach October.

Dodgers: 79-74 (second in NL West, third in NL West)

Reds: 92-61 (won NL Central)

 

On Deck for Monday

*All times p.m., ET

Milwaukee at Washington, 1:05

Toronto at Baltimore, 4:05

Kansas City at Detroit, 7:05

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05

Oakland at Texas, 8:05

St. Louis at Houston, 8:05

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10

NY Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10

Arizona at Colorado, 8:40

 

American League Standings

AL East W L PCT GB
NY Yankees 88 64 .579 -
Baltimore Orioles 87 65 .572 1.0
Tampa Bay Rays 83 70 .542 5.5

 

AL Central W L PCT GB
Chicago White Sox 81 71 .533 -
Detroit Tigers 80 72 .526 1.0

 

AL West W L PCT GB
Texas Rangers 90 62 .592 -
Oakland Athletics 86 66 .566 4.0

 

AL Wild Card W L PCT GB
Baltimore Orioles 87 65 .572 -
Oakland Athletics 86 66 .566 -
LA Angels 84 69 .549 2.5
Tampa Bay Rays 83 70 .542 3.5
Detroit Tigers 80 72 .526 6.0

 

National League Standings

*NL West and NL Central titles have already been decided 

 

NL East W L PCT GB
Washington Nationals 92 60 .605 -
Atlanta Braves 88 65 .575 4.5

 

NL Wild Card W L  PCT GB
Atlanta Braves 88 65 .575 -
St. Louis Cardinals 82 71 .536 -
Milwaukee Brewers 79 73 .520 2.5
LA Dodgers 79 74 .516 3.0
Arizona Diamondbacks 77 75 .507 4.5
Philadelphia Phillies 77 76 .503 5.0

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