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American League Review

September 24, 2012

The Texas Rangers have a 4 game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the AL West. Each team has 9 games left to play with six vs each other. The Rangers salvaged the series finale in Seattle vs the Mariners holding on for a (3-2) win on Sunday while the A’s also won a one run, series finale road game (at the New York Yankees) to salvage one of three games over the past weekend. However, the Rangers have the lead so it was an advantage in division play for Texas. Their lead for the top seed in the American League is one and a half games over the Yankees in the loss column. I state it that way because the Yankees own the tiebreaker vs the Rangers and would be the top seed if the two teams tie at the end of the season.

The Yankees are still far from winning the AL East as they maintained a one game lead over the Orioles with each team having 10 games to play. Both teams won their first 5 games of the week before each lost by a run on Sunday. On Saturday, first the Orioles won their 16th straight extra inning game (the record for one season is 18 by the 1949 Cleveland Indians, set a year after they won their last World series in 1948) but they were denied a first place tie when, incredibly, the Yankees scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 13th inning to tie the game before beating the A’s on an error in the 14th inning.

Meanwhile, despite losing all three games at the Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels park this weekend, the White Sox still have a one game lead over the Detroit Tigers. On Sunday the Minnesota Twins, who entered play 27 games under .500 and over two to one underdogs in each game, won both ends of a day/night doubleheader at Detroit. On Monday past, the White Sox won the makeup game vs the Tigers by a run to go up 3 games. However, while the Tigers won two of 3 games at home vs Oakland, the Kansas City Royals won 2 of 3 at home vs the White Sox. The Tigers did win the series opener vs the Twins on Saturday after the Friday game was postponed. Each team has 10 games to play.

The Orioles lead the A’s by one game for the home wild card while Oakland, in turn, leads the Angels by 2 and a half games for playoff qualification.The Tampa Bay Rays are 3 and a half games behind Oakland.

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