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Monday's montage (August 14)
2006-08-14 08:32
by Bob Timmermann

Over the weekend, the leaders in the AL Central and East stumbled as the Tigers were swept in Chicago and the Yankees dropped two of three to the Angels in The Bronx. While this was going on, the Red Sox righted the ship with a sweep over the Orioles.

The Tigers lead is still a comfy 5 1/2 games over the White Sox, but the Yankees lead was slashed to one game over the Red Sox. Oakland leads the West by 4 1/2 games. The White Sox lead the Red Sox by two games in the wild card and the Twins by 2 1/2.

Boston could move to within .001 of New York in the standings if they can beat Detroit at home in a 4:05 pm PT game (Nate Robertson vs. Josh Beckett). The Yankees have one game left with the Angels and it will start at 4:05 pm PT as well (John Lackey vs. Randy Johnson). The White Sox host the Royals at 5:05 pm PT (Mark Redman vs. Jon Garland).

The NL has become a little less wacky. The Mets continue to roll, leading the NL East by 15 games, but the leads in the other two divisions is 1 1/2 games. For the West-leading Dodgers, who have won 15 of 16, this represents a great accomplishment. For the Central-leading Cardinals, this represents a downward spiral as the Cardinals were swept over the weekend by the Pirates.

The Reds lead the wild card and trail the Cardinals by 1 1/2 games in the Central. The Padres trail the Dodgers by 1 1/2 games.

The Reds and Cardinals are off today and start a three game series in St. Louis Tuesday.

The Padres can move into a tie for the wild card then with a win tonight with a win at home against the Giants in a 7:05 pm PT (Brad Hennessey vs. Clay Hensley).

The Dodgers can move to within .0005 of the Cardinals for the #2 spot if they win at home against Florida at 7:10 pm PT (Dontrelle Willis vs. Derek Lowe).

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