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Friday, September 7, 2012
Chase for the Pennant: Friday

By Scott Powers

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 (74-62 overall, 40-27 home, 34-35 road)


Lead the American League Central by one game over the Tigers
Would trail wild-card leaders by 2 games
Last 10 games: 3-7, had Thursday off, begin three-game home series with the Kansas City Royals on Friday
Home games remaining: 14 (three with Royals, four with Tigers, three with Cleveland Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Twins, three with Royals, three with Los Angeles Angels, three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (73-63 overall, 43-28 home, 30-35 road)


Trail White Sox by one game in the Central
Trail wild-card leaders by 3 games
Last 10 games: 5-5, had Thursday off, begin a three-game road series with the Angels on Friday
Home games remaining: 10 (three with Oakland Athletics, three with Twins, four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 16 (three with Angels, four with White Sox, three with Indians, three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (76-60, 42-30 home, 34-30 road)


Trail wild-card leaders by game, would fill the second wild-card spot
Last 10 games: 7-3, had Thursday off, begin a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Friday
Home games remaining: 9 (three with Orioles, three with Mariners, three with Texas Rangers)
Road games remaining: 17 (three with Mariners, four with Angels, three with Tigers, three with Yankees, four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (77-60 overall, 38-30 home, 39-30 road)


Tied for first place in the East and in the wild-card standing with the Yankees
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the Yankees on Thursday, play the Yankees again on Friday
Home games remaining: 13 (three with Yankees, three with Rays, four with Blue Jays, three with Boston Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Athletics, three with Mariners, three with Red Sox, three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (75-62 overall, 37-31 home, 38-31 road)


Trail the Orioles and Yankees by two games in the East
Trail wild-card leaders by two games
Last 10 games: 5-5, had Thursday off, begin three-game home series with the Rangers on Friday
Home games remaining: 13 (three with Rangers, four with Red Sox, three with Blue Jays, three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 12 (three with Orioles, three with Yankees, two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (74-63 overall, 36-29 home, 38-34 road)


Trail wild-card leaders by three games
Last 10 games: 8-2, had Thursday off, begin a three-game home series with the Tigers on Friday
Home games remaining: 16 (three with Tigers, four with Athletics, three with Texas Rangers, three with White Sox, three with Seattle Mariners)
Road games remaining: 9 (three with Royals, three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (77-60 overall, 41-28 home, 36-32 road)


Tied for first place in the East and in the wild-card standing with the Orioles
Last 10 games: 3-7, lost to the Orioles on Thursday, play the Orioles again on Friday
Home games remaining: 12 (three with Rays, three with Blue Jays, three with Athletics, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 13 (three with Orioles, three with Red Sox, three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)