Updated Scores and Standings from MLB Playoff Race
With just a handful of games remaining on the 2012 regular season slate, Major League Baseball teams are fighting for their playoff lives.
If you're a baseball fan, this is your favorite time of the year. No team has completely separated themselves from the competition, and October could unfold in a plethora of ways.
Monday night features 10 games with playoff implications. Recaps will be available as soon as each game finishes, so stay tuned.
Baltimore 4, Toronto 1 - F
The Orioles took Game 1 of Monday's double-header courtesy of Adam Jones' two-run blast in the fourth inning. Baltimore used five pitchers to collectively slam the door, with Jim Johnson earning his 48th save in the ninth.
Orioles: 88-65 (second in AL East, first in AL wild card)
Blue Jays: 66-86 (fifth in AL East)
Detroit 6, Kansas City 2 - F
Justin Verlander hurled eight strong innings to earn his 16th win of the season on Monday. Prince Fielder started the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning, and Andy Dirks knocked home two RBI in the winning effort.
Tigers: 81-72 (second in AL Central, fourth in AL wild card)
Royals: 70-83 (third in AL Central, sixth in AL wild card)
Toronto 9, Baltimore 5 - F
J.P. Arencibia, Edwin Encarnacion and Moises Sierra powered Ricky Romero to his ninth win of the season Monday night. The win doesn't mean anything to Toronto, but Baltimore needs to keep winning as they chase the New York Yankees.
Blue Jays: 67-86 (fifth in AL East)
Orioles: 88-66 (second in AL East, first in AL wild card)
Texas 5, Oakland 4 - F
Adrian Beltre's game-winning single earned Texas a nail-biting win Monday night. Oakland carried a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning, but the Rangers rallied. Also, Josh Hamilton smacked his 43rd home run of the year in his return to the lineup.
Rangers: 91-62 (first in AL West)
Athletics: 86-67 (second in AL West, first in AL wild card)
Chicago White Sox 5, Cleveland 4 - F
Chris Sale couldn't pick up the win, but Brett Myers picked him up. Adam Dunn paced Chicago's offense with two home runs, and the White Sox fend off the Tigers for another day in the AL Central.
White Sox: 82-71 (first in AL Central)
Indians: 63-91 (fifth in AL Central)
NY Yankees 6, Minnesota 3 - F
Andy Pettitte tossed six scoreless innings, and the Yankees hit four home runs in their victory Monday night. The battle remains tight atop the AL East, with Baltimore splitting Monday's double-header with Toronto.
Yankees: 89-64 (first in AL East)
Twins: 64-90 (fourth in AL Central)
Washington 12, Milwaukee 2 - F
The Nationals added to their league-best win total with another win on Monday. Ryan Zimmerman led the offense with four RBI, Jordan Zimmerman earned his 12th win of the season and the Brewers dropped two fly balls to ensure the Nationals' victory.
Nationals: 93-60 (first in NL East)
Brewers: 79-74 (third in NL wild card)
NY Mets 6, Pittsburgh 2 - F
The Pirates fell behind 6-0 and couldn't climb out of the hole Monday night. They've lost seven of their last 10 contests, maintaining their late-season free fall.
Pirates: 75-78 (sixth in NL wild card)
Mets: 70-83 (fourth in NL East, eighth in NL wild card)
St. Louis 6, Houston 1 - F
Lance Lynn earned his 17th win of the season Monday night, but he had plenty of help. David Descalso, Pete Kozma and Yadier Molina all went deep to pace the St. Louis offense.
Cardinals: 83-71 (first in NL wild card)
Astros: 50-104 (sixth in NL Central)
Colorado 4, Arizona 2 - F
The Diamondbacks are trying to stay afloat in the playoff picture, but Trevor Cahill couldn't help their cause Monday night. He dropped his 12th decision of the year. Andrew Brown had two RBI for the Rockies, including an eighth inning home run.
Rockies: 59-94 (fifth in NL West)
Diamondbacks: 77-76 (fifth in NL wild card)
On Deck for Tuesday
*All times p.m., ET
Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 2:10
Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05
Kansas City at Detroit, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05
Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10
Miami at Atlanta, 7:10
Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:10
Pittsburgh at NY Mets, 7:10
Oakland at Texas, 8:05
St. Louis at Houston, 8:05
NY Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10
Seattle at LA Angels, 10:05
LA Dodgers at San Diego, 10:05
Arizona at San Francisco, 10:15
American League Standings
|Tampa Bay Rays||83||70||.542||6.0|
|Chicago White Sox||82||71||.536||-|
|AL Wild Card||W||L||PCT||GB|
|Tampa Bay Rays||83||70||.542||3.0|
National League Standings
*NL West and NL Central titles have already been decided
|NL Wild Card||W||L||PCT||GB|
|St. Louis Cardinals||82||71||.536||-|
|LA Dodgers ||79||74||.516||3.5|
|Milwaukee Brewers ||79||74||.516||3.5|
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