Chase for the Pennant: Friday

September, 21, 2012
9/21/12
10:02
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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Here’s a breakdown of the Chicago White Sox’s playoff picture in the American League Central and in the wild card going into Friday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (81-68 overall, 43-31 home, 38-37 road)


Lead the American League Central by two games over the Detroit Tigers
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Royals on Thursday, begin a three-game road series with the Angels on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (79-70 overall, 45-29 home, 34-41 road)


Trail the White Sox by two games in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by six games
Last 10 games: 6-4, lost to the Athletics on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the Twins on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (85-64, 44-31 home, 41-33 road)


Tied for first place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by four games in the West
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Tigers on Thursday, begin a three-game road series with the Yankees on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Rangers)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (85-64 overall, 42-32 home, 43-32 road)


Tied for first place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by one game in the East
Last 10 games: 7-3, had Thursday off, begin a three-game road series with the Red Sox on Friday
Home games remaining: 7 (four with Blue Jays, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (80-70 overall, 41-34 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 5 games
Last 10 games: 3-7, defeated the Red Sox on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the Blue Jays on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (81-69 overall, 41-34 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 4 games
Last 10 games: 4-6, lost to the Rangers on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the White Sox on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with White Sox, three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (86-63 overall, 46-29 home, 40-34 road)


Lead the East by one game over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 8-2, defeated the Blue Jays on Thursday, begin a three-game home series with the Athletics on Friday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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BA LEADER
Dayan Viciedo
BA HR RBI R
.377 1 9 9
OTHER LEADERS
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RBIJ. Abreu 21
RJ. Abreu 16
OPSD. Viciedo .986
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ERAC. Sale 2.30
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