As we open up another week of baseball, it's time to take a look at the American League standings. The Detroit Tigers have a little cushion in Central, while the Rangers and A's continue to do battle the West. Let's see where everybody stands entering play on Monday.
- Boston (73-53, .579, 0 GB)
- Tampa Bay (70-52, .574, 1 GB)
- Baltimore (67-56, .545, .4½ GB)
- New York (67-59, .520, 7½ GB)
- Toronto (57-67, .460, 15 GB)
Boston is doing their best to hold off the Rays, but Tampa has had a good week and managed to make up a couple of games in the process. They are also in line for a Wild Card spot, as the first set of those standings should be released this week here on Examiner.
- Detroit (73-51, .589, 0 GB)
- Cleveland (66-58, .532, 7 GB)
- Kansas City (64-59, .520, 8½ GB)
- Minnesota (54-68, .443, 18 GB)
- Chicago (49-74, .398, 23½ GB)
Detroit and Cleveland are in the same spot they were a week ago, with seven games between the two clubs. Everybody else made up at least a game or two this last week, but it won't matter much for the bottom half of the division.
- Texas (71-53, .573, 0 GB)
- Oakland (70-53, .569, ½ GB)
- Seattle (57-66, .463, 13½ GB)
- Los Angeles (55-68, .447, 15½ GB
- Houston (41-82, .333, 29½ GB)
Once again Texas and Oakland are stealing the spotlight in the West. The A's made up a bit of ground this week, getting within a game of the Rangers. That will be your photo finish, as the other three teams just battle for wins at the point.
As noted earlier, the first set of Wild Card standings SHOULD be posted sometime this week. It's that time of year again, now we just wait to see who surges ahead and who collapses. Will the Rangers choke third consecutive year?