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Monday, September 24, 2012
Chase for the pennant: Monday

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 Monday’s games:

Chicago White Sox (81-71 overall, 43-31 home, 38-40 road)


Lead the American League Central by one game over the Detroit Tigers
Would trail the wild-card leaders by five games
Last 10 games: 5-5, lost to the Angels on Sunday, begin a three-game home series with the Indians on Monday
Home games remaining: 7 (three with Indians, four with Rays)
Road games remaining: 3 (three with Indians)


Detroit Tigers (80-72 overall, 46-31 home, 34-41 road)


Trail the White Sox by one game in the Central
Trail the wild-card leaders by six games
Last 10 games: 5-5, lost to the Twins twice on Sunday, being a four-game home series with the Royals on Monday
Home games remaining: 4 (four with Royals)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Twins, three with Royals)


Oakland Athletics (86-66, 44-31 home, 42-35 road)


Second place in the wild-card standings
Trail the Rangers by four games in the West
Last 10 games: 4-6, defeated the Yankees on Sunday, begin a four-game road series with the Rangers on Monday
Home games remaining: 6 (three with Mariners, three with Rangers)
Road games remaining: 4 (four with Rangers)


Baltimore Orioles (87-65 overall, 42-32 home, 45-33 road)


Lead the wild-card standings
Trail the Yankees by one game in the East
Last 10 games: 7-3, lost to the Red Sox on Sunday, begin a four-game home series with the Blue Jays on Monday
Home games remaining: 7 (four with Blue Jays, three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 3 (three with Rays)


Tampa Bay Rays (83-70 overall, 44-34 home, 39-36 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 3 games
Last 10 games: 6-4, defeated the Blue Jays on Sunday, begin a two-game road series with the Red Sox on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Orioles)
Road games remaining: 6 (two with Red Sox, four with White Sox)


Los Angeles Angels (84-69 overall, 44-34 home, 40-35 road)


Trail the wild-card leaders by 2 games
Last 10 games: 7-3, defeated the White Sox on Sunday, begin a three-game home series with the Mariners on Tuesday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Mariners)
Road games remaining: 6 (three with Rangers, three with Mariners)


New York Yankees (88-64 overall, 48-30 home, 40-34 road)


Lead the East by one game over the Orioles
Last 10 games: 8-2, lost to the Athletics on Sunday, begin a three-game road series with the Twins on Monday
Home games remaining: 3 (three with Red Sox)
Road games remaining: 7 (three with Twins, four with Blue Jays)