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Sunday's scene
2006-08-06 07:39
by Bob Timmermann

There will be only one playoff spot that can change hands Sunday and that will be the AL Wild Card spot. The White Sox reclaimed that spot Saturday from the Red Sox with a win over Toronto while Boston lost at Tampa Bay. The same matchups hold true today. Jose Contreras faces A.J. Burnett at 10:07 am PT in Toronto. The Blue Jays have not won since I saw them play last Friday in Oakland. Since then they've dropped two to the A's, three to the Yankees, and two straight to Chicago and have pretty much fallen out of any playoff contention.

Boston will be at Tropicana Field in a game starting at 10:15 am PT. That will match up Jason Johnson and J.P. Howell. Expect the relievers to get the decision.

The Twins are 1 1/2 games behind the White Sox and will attempt to sweep a four game series in Kansas City and win their eighth consecutive road game. Mike Smith faces Odalis Perez in an 11:10 am PT game.

The Padres have a 2-game edge on the field in the NL West and the Reds have the same lead in the Wild Card race. In each case, Arizona and the Dodgers are the trailing teams with 55-55 records. Starting play Sunday, only four teams in the NL have winning records and they would be the teams in the playoffs. Fortunately, since there aren't any interleague games left, there should end up being a few more winning teams in the NL.

The Cardinals snapped an eight game losing streak Saturday with a 4-3 win over Milwaukee and lead the Reds by 2 1/2 games.

Detroit leads the AL Central by eight and the Mets lead the NL East by twelve. Oakland has quietly crept out to a three-game edge in the AL West.

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