One playoff spot could change Tuesday. AL wild card leader Chicago leads Minnesota by just a 1/2 game. The White Sox play the second game of their four-game series in Detroit at 4:05 pm PT (Mark Buerhle vs. Kenny Rogers). The Tigers lead the White Sox by 6 1/2 games. Minnesota goes to Baltimore to start a three-game series at 4:05 pm PT (Carlos Silva vs. Adam Loewen). The White Sox will host Minnesota over the weekend.
In the East, the Yankees have turned the divisional race into a stroll, blasting out to a 6 1/2 game lead on Boston. Both New York and Boston head to the West Coast. The Yankees are in Seattle in a game starting at 7:05 pm PT (Jeff Karstens vs. possibly Gil Meche). The Mariners have lost 11 straight games. The Red Sox will be in Anaheim to take on the Angels at 7:05 pm PT (Kyle Snyder vs. Joe Saunders).
Oakland leads the West by five games over the Angels and 6 1/2 over Texas. Oakland takes on Toronto again in Canada at 4:07 pm PT (Brad Halsey vs. A.J. Burnett). The Rangers are at Tampa Bay at 4:15 pm PT (Vicente Padilla vs. Scott Kazmir).
The National League's best, the Mets (who like the Yankees are 75-48) lead the Phillies by 13 1/2 in the East. New York hosts Central-leading St. Louis at 4:10 pm PT (Jeff Weaver vs. John Maine). The Cardinals lead Cincinnati by two games in the Central.
The Dodgers lead San Diego by three games in the West and play at San Diego at 7:05 pm PT (Mark Henrickson vs. Jake Peavy). Arizona is four games back and plays at San Francisco at 7:15 pm PT (Brandon Webb vs. Matt Cain).
The Reds, despite having to rely on the likes of Scott Schoeneweis to close out games, still lead teh wild card by two games over the Padres. The Reds host Houston at 4:10 pm PT (Jason Hirsh vs. Kyle Lohse). San Diego trails in the wild by two games. Philadelphia is 2 1/2 games back and plays at Chicago at 5:05 pm PT (Jamie Moyer, in his first Phillies start, vs Ryan O'Malley).
They will also run: Washington at Florida, Pittsburgh at Atlanta, Colorado at Milwaukee, Cleveland at Kansas City.