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Monday's melees (August 28)
2006-08-28 07:00
by Bob Timmermann

Just eight games on the schedule for Monday and one of them is a makeup for a rainout yesterday.

The Mets and Phillies were rained out yesterday and they'll go at it at Shea Stadium at 9:10 am PT (Jamie Moyer vs. John Maine). The Mets lead the Phillies by 14 1/2 games and have a magic number of 20 in order to clinch a playoff spot.

Central leading St. Louis is off. Cincinnati trails the Cardinals by three games and plays at West leading Los Angeles at 7:10 pm PT (Chris Michalak vs. Brad Penny).

The Padres trail the Dodgers by two games and will be at Arizona at 6:40 pm PT (Woody Williams vs. Brandon Webb). San Diego trails Cincinnati by 1/2 game for the wild card. The Phillies are one game back of the Reds. San Francisco is idle, but the 65-66 Giants are just two games in back of the Reds after winning three of four from Cincinnati over the weekend.

Oakland is the only division leader in the AL in action Monday. The Athletics host Boston at 7:05 pm (Kason Gabbard vs. Esteban Loaiza). Boston trails New York by 6 1/2 games in the East. Oakland leads Los Angeles by 5 1/2 games. The Angels are at Seattle at 7:05 pm (Kelvim Escobar vs. Felix Hernandez).

Detroit leads Minnesota (the wild card team) by five games and Chicago by 5 1/2 games. All three of those teams are off today. Detroit is heading to New York for three games. Minnesota will be hosting Kansas City for three and Chicago will be hosting Tampa Bay.

They will also play: Chicago at Pittsburgh, Milwaukee at Florida, Toronto at Cleveland.

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