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MLB Standings: AL Wild Card Race Tightens Up

The AL Wild Card race tightens up as baseball approaches the home stretch

July 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn (32) during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE
July 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn (32) during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

The AL Wild Card race has now added another team to the mix with the Tampa Bay Rays streaking to their sixth consecutive win yesterday as they beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3. Including the Rays, the AL now has six teams between 60 and 62 wins. The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays currently top the Wild Card standings.

The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox are very much a part of the chaos as each team is within striking distance of both the Wild Card and the AL Central crown. The White Sox stand at 62-51, good enough for first place in the division. The Tigers stand at 61-54, two games back of the White Sox and only one game back of the Wild Card lead. The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins remain largely out of the mix at 53-62 and 49-65, respectively.

In the NL, the Cincinnati Reds continue their hot second half by taking three out of four against the Chicago Cubs this past weekend. The Reds' record stands at 69-46, 4.5 games ahead of the second place Pittsburgh Pirates and seven games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs, on the other hand, are at 44-69, leading only the dismal Houston Astros.

The Washington Nationals still lead all of baseball with 71 wins.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.