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Saturday's scenarios (August 26)
2006-08-26 07:00
by Bob Timmermann

A playoff spot changed hands for the first in over a week as the Twins took over the checkered jersey and occupy the AL wild card spot now. The last time the Twins were in this spot, they lost the next day.

Game two of the series in Chicago will be at 4:05 pm PT with Johan Santana facing Jose Contreras.

In the East, the Yankees and Red Sox both lost Friday and the Yankees maintained their 5 1/2 game lead. The Yankees face their arch nemeses, the Angels, in Anaheim at 1:10 pm PT (Cory Lidle vs. Ervin Santana). The Red Sox will be at Seattle at 7:05 pm PT (David Wells vs. Gil Meche).

Oakland leads the Angels by 5 1/2 games in the West and plays at Texas at 5:05 pm PT (Joe Blanton vs. Adam Eaton). Detroit now has the smallest margin of any division leader, just five games over Minnesota. The Tigers are at Cleveland at 4:05 pm PT (Justin Verlander vs. Jake Westbrook).

The NL could have had some changes Friday night, but it only became muddled in a different way.

The Cardinals increased their lead over the Reds to one full game. The Cardinals host the Cubs at 10:20 am PT (Rich Hill vs. Chris Carpenter). The Reds will be at San Francisco at 1:05 pm PT (Bronson Arroyo vs. Noah Lowry). The Reds lead the Padres and Phillies by 1 1/2 games for the wild card.

The Dodgers still lead the Padres by one game after both teams lost Friday. San Diego starts first in a game at Colorado at 5:05 pm PT (Clay Hensley vs. Jason Jennings). The Dodgers are at Arizona at 6:40 pm PT (Derek Lowe vs. Miguel Batista). The DBacks are three games behind the Dodgers and the Giants are 3 1/2 games back.

The Mets lead the East by 13 1/2 games over the Phillies. The Mets play host to them at 4:10 pm PT with Jon Lieber facing Oliver Perez.

They will also play: Washington at Atlanta, Kansas City at Toronto, Tampa Bay at Baltimore, Milwaukee at Florida, Houston at Pittsburgh.

2006-08-26 08:59:36
1.   Eric Enders
I really really hope the Twins outlast the WSox for the wild card.

Then there will be three teams in the AL playoffs that I could stomach making it to the World Series. And hopefully one of those three will beat the Yankees.

2006-08-26 10:13:21
2.   Greg Brock
I'm pretty sure Oakland, Detroit, and Minnesota are the preferred teams for everyone not in Chicago and New York.

Detroit and Minnesota in the playoffs at the same time? I wonder how many people called that one at the beginning of the season.

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