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MLB Standings Update: AL East Holds Wild Card; Indians Fall Even Further Back

AL East dominates the playoff picture; Indians fall to 12 games back.

Aug 19, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee (57) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. The Rays defeated the Angels 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 19, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee (57) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. The Rays defeated the Angels 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Rays swept the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a four-game set this past weekend to maintain their lead in the AL Wild Card race with a record of 67-54. The Angels, conversely, dropped 4.5 games off the pace and now stand at 62-60. Occupying the second Wild Card spot is the Baltimore Orioles who, coming off back-to-back series wins against the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, stand one game behind the Rays with a record of 66-55.

Just out of the playoff picture is the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics find themselves a half game back of the Orioles after sweeping the weekend series against the Cleveland Indians. For the Indians, the struggles continue. Their 7-0 loss Sunday marked their 67th loss of the season and their fifth in a row. They are 12 games out of the Wild Card, and 11.5 games behind the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox.

In the NL, the Washington Nationals still lay stake to the claim of best record in the majors, however the Cincinnati Reds have cut the deficit to 1.5 games after a red-hot second half and a series win over the Chicago Cubs this past weekend.

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