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Indians Hot Corner: Around the League — A look at the Division, Wild Card races around baseball

By Ryan Lewis Published: September 22, 2013

- Entering Sunday's games, all but one division race is just about wrapped up. The Boston Red Sox (94-62) have locked up the American League East and the Los Angeles Dodgers (89-66) have clinched the National League West. After those two, the Detroit Tigers (AL Central, 6-game lead), Oakland Athletics (AL West, 7.5-game lead) and Atlanta Braves (8-game lead) are within a few games (or hours) of solidifying their places as division winners. 

- The only division race too close to call is the NL Central, which has been the best race in baseball all season. Entering Sunday the St. Louis Cardinals (91-64) have a two-game lead on the Pittsburgh Pirates (89-66) and a 3-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds (88-67). The Pirates and Reds are finishing up a three-game set today and will play three more games to end the season next weekend. 
- The two teams that fall short in that race should slide into the two NL wild card slots (the Washington Nationals are 4.5 games behind the Reds and Pirates). The American League wild card race is much murkier. 
- Entering Sunday's games, the Tampa Bay Rays (85-69) and Indians (85-70) hold the two wild card spots. The Texas Rangers, who have won just four of the last 16 games, are still only half a game back at 84-70. The New York Yankees (3 games back) and the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles (each 3.5-games back) are still in the running but need a lot of help over the next week. At the moment, it's a three-team race (Rays, Indians, Rangers) for two spots. 
- The Rangers, who are finishing up a series with the Royals today, have a favorable schedule this week. They'll play a three-game set with the Houston Astros (51-104) before a four-game series with the Angels (76-78). The Rays have the Orioles on Sunday and Monday before three-game sets with the New York Yankees (82-73) and Toronto Blue Jays (71-83). 


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