The tragicomic National League is the scene of the most intrigue Tuesday.
Surprisingly, the closest divisional race is now in the Central, where the Cardinals lead has been cut to 1 1/2 game over the Reds, who also hold the edge in the wild card race. The Reds start a three game series in St. Louis tonight at 5:10 pm PT (Aaron Harang vs. Chris Carpenter, aka the good pitchers on each team).
San Diego blew a chance to tie the Reds for the wild card and instead fell a full game behind them and 2 1/2 games behind West-leading Los Angeles. The Padres host the Giants at 7:05 pm PT (Matt Morris vs. Chris Young). On Monday night, the Giants used six pitchers to record a 1-0 win.
The Dodgers host the Marlins at 7:10 pm PT (Anibal Sanchez vs. Chad Billingsley). The Mets, whose lead was cut to 14 games over the Phillies after a 13-0 loss to them, take on the Phillies again at Citizens Bank Park at 4:05 pm PT (Orlando Hernandez vs. Randy Wolf).
The AL saw a little more separation as the Yankees stretched their lead in the East over Boston to two games with a win over the Angels while the Red Sox lost at home to Detroit.
The Yankees open a three-game series with the Orioles at home at 4:05 pm PT (Erik Bedard vs. Mike Mussina). The Red Sox host the Tigers at the same time (Jeremy Bonderman vs. Curt Schilling).
The White Sox, who lead the Twins and Red Sox by three games in the wild card, continue their series at home against Kansas City at 5:05 pm PT (Runelvys Hernandez vs. Javier Vazquez).
Oakland leads the AL West by 5 1/2 games over Los Angeles and Texas. The Athletics have won 9 of their last 10.