The Twins took over the checkered jersey, emblematic of wild card supremacy. Or perhaps wild card adequacy.
The Twins have a half-game edge on the White Sox and 1 1/2 games on the Red Sox.
Minnesota plays at home against Toronto at 5:10 pm PT (Ted Lilly vs. Carlos Silva). The White Sox host the Yankees at 5:05 pm PT (Mike Mussina vs. Javier Vazquez). The Red Sox, who have lost four straight games against Tampa Bay and Kansas City, play at Kansas City again at 5:10 pm PT (Curt Schilling vs. Runelvys Hernandez).
Ahh, the NL. It's so much fun. The Cardinals have seen their edge in the division against current wild card leader Cincinnati shrink to 2 1/2 games. The two teams finish a four game series at 9:35 am PT in Cincinnati (Anthony Reyes vs. Bronson Arroyo).
The Padres lead the Dodgers and Diamondbacks by a 1/2 game in the West. The Padres finish a three-game series in New York at 9:10 am PT (Chris Young vs. Orlando Hernandez). The Dodgers, who saw their 11-game winning streak snapped Wednesday, finish up a four game set against the Rockies at 7:10 pm PT (Jason Jennings vs. Chad Billingsley). The Diamondbacks have the day off.
So at the end of the day Thursday, Arizona could be tied for first. Or tied for second. Or in second by themselves. The Dodgers could be in first place in the West. Or tied with the Reds for the wild card. Or they could be in third place. The NL is likely to stay this way until the end of the season.