MLB Standings: Indians Half Game Behind In AL Central Race

HOUSTON - JUNE 24: Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Cleveland Indians leaps over a sliding Jason Castro #15 of the Houston Astros to complete a double play in the seventh inning of an interleague game at Minute Maid Park on June 24, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Going into a Monday series against the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians are a half game back in the AL Central.

There might not be a division this year in Major League Baseball more wide open than the AL Central. Before the season began, most pundits were handing the keys over to the Detroit Tigers after their 'dream team' acquisition of Prince Fielder, but it didn't quite work out the way that the Tigers had hoped and now it's a legitimate three team race as we approach the halfway point of the season.

Essentially, the past few weeks have mostly seen the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox trading first and second in the division back and forth for a few days at a time. With their recent series loss to the Houston Astros, Cleveland (37-34) has fallen back to a half game behind Chicago (38-34) going into Monday, though they do have a game in hand obviously.

Cleveland has a big series coming up against the New York Yankees, they'll need to win a few of those to keep themselves afloat in the tough division race. There's no telling when the Tigers will turn it on and roar back to the top themselves.

You can find the full, updated MLB standings daily over at MLB.com.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. More of the best news and analysis on the world of baseball around the web can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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