The following is an alphabetical list of each major league team to enable you to look up your team’s score quickly. The team’s name is followed by; 1, how far above (+) or below (-) .500 they are; 2, today’s opponent, and, 3, the score once final. Notes on key developments may be listed below the table as they occur.
The most exciting action right now is the AL Wildcard race, where both the Indians (+13 above .500), and Rangers (+12) got shutouts, to get a slight cushion over the Orioles (+10), who lost 2-3 to the Mariners. Every game was within four runs Sunday except for the Cardinals (+20) 15-2 blowout of the Reds (+10), which would be the one-game NL wildcard game if the playoffs started today.
The Pirates and Red Sox both won to stay tied for the best record in baseball (+23), but both have only a tiny lead in their division over the Cardinals and Rays (+21) respectively. All four teams have huge cushions to make the playoffs, but the two second place teams will have to host a dangerous one-game playoff against the other wild card team. The White Sox (-29) could draw a big crowd Monday as they try to avoid joining the Astros at 30 games below .500 – but the crowd will more likely be there to see Alex Rodriguez return for what could be one of his last games.
The Braves (+22) and Dodgers (+12) are virtual locks to win their divisions after winning again Sunday, while the Tigers (+19, 3 game lead over Indians) and A’s (+17, 2 ½ game lead over a Rangers team that may lose their big slugger Monday also lead.The only other three teams with a winning record are several games back, with the Royals (+4) beating the Mets, to catch the Yankees (+4), who lost to the Padres. The Diamondbacks (+1) 4-0 loss to the Red Sox continued their fade against the red hot Dodgers, who won their 14th straight road game to pull within three wins of the 97-year-old record set by their rivals the Giants, then in New York.