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Wednesday's full slate (September 13)
2006-09-13 04:00
by Bob Timmermann

Because of a pair of rainouts, there are two doubleheaders scheduled for today and, weather permitting, 17 games on the slate.

The Mets, owners of the best record in baseball at 89-55, can clinch the first playoff spot in the majors if they beat Florida at Dolphin Stadium at 4:05 pm PT (Tom Glavine vs. Scott Olsen) and the Phillies get swept by the Braves in a doubleheader starting at 1:35 pm PT (Randy Wolf vs. Kyle Davies and Jon Lieber vs. Tim Hudson, although those matchups could change). The Mets magic number is 3 and they lead the Phillies and Marlins by 16 1/2 games.

In the NL Central, St. Louis holds on to a five game lead over Cincinnati and has a magic number of 14. The Cardinals are home to play the Astros at 11:10 am PT (Roy Oswalt vs. Jason Marquis).

Over in the West, the Dodgers lead the Padres by 1 1/2 games. They play at Chicago again, starting at 5:05 pm PT (Brad Penny vs. Angel Guzman). The Dodgers have a magic number of 18.

In the NL wild card (the Benito Santiago Division, there are five teams in contention: San Diego, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Florida, and Cincinnati. San Diego plays at Cincinnati at 4:10 pm PT (Jake Peavy vs. Kyle Lohse). The Giants are home to play Colorado at 7:15 pm (Jason Jennings vs. Noah Lowry).

Over in the American League, the Yankees hold on to the best record with an 87-56 record. They lead the Red Sox by 10 1/2 games and have a magic number of 9. New York is at home for a 4:05 pm PT start against Tampa Bay (Jason Hammel vs. Corey Lidle).

Detroit maintained a 1 1/2 game lead over Minnesota as both teams won Tuesday. The Tigers wrap up a two-game series at home against Texas with a 4:05 pm PT game (Kevin Millwood vs. Justin Verlander). The Twins host the AL West leading Athletics in a 10:10 am PT start (Dan Haren vs. Francisco Liriano). The Tigers have a magic number of 17.

Oakland's lead in the West was cut to 4 1/2 games over the Angels with its magic number stalled at 14. The Angels are at home to play the White Sox, who now trail the Twins by 2 1/2 games in the wild card and the Tigers by 4 1/2 games. They will play in a 12:35 pm PT game (Freddy Garcia vs. Joe Saunders).

They will also play:
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh - Get up early in the morning to get a start on this thrilling twinbill. First pitch is scheduled for 9:35 am PT!
Seattle at Toronto - Toronto is feeling left out because Kansas City had a fight between its players and the Blue Jays weren't invited to watch.
Washington at Arizona - The DBacks can't seem to overcome the Nats unrelenting offense and lockdown bullpen.
Boston at Baltimore - Tim Wakefield returns from the DL to justify Doug Mirabelli's roster spot. Cla Meredith looks on wondering how he lucked out.
Kansas City at Cleveland - The Indians will likely be the next team eliminated from playoff competition.

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