With final weekend of the 2012 MLB season upon us time is running out for the teams attempting to get into focus of the postseason picture. The Hunt for October is winding down and much of the American League still remains undecided as the East, Central, West and Wild Card slots are still all up for grabs. In the National League the only spot that remains unclaimed is the second Wild Card position but that is almost wrapped up as well. Here are the results from yesterday’s games that have impact on these playoff chases.
The New York Yankees destroyed the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 in Brett Gardner‘s return while the Baltimore Orioles also got the best of the Boston Red Sox 9-1 in order to remain just one game behind the Yanks in the AL East race. The Orioles also currently hold the top AL Wild Card slot.
In the AL central the Chicago White Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 while the Detroit Tigers fell victim to the Minnesota Twins 4-2. Chicago earned that much needed victory and are now just 2-8 in their last games, but are just one game behind Detroit for the division lead. With their loss the Rays now fall to three games back in the race for the second AL Wild Card slot.
In the AL West the Texas Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 7-4 while the Oakland A’s defeated the Seattle Mariners 8-2. Now the A’s sit just three games behind the Rangers for the division lead and they are also two games ahead of the Angels in the race for the second AL Wild Card slot.
In the National League’s second Wild Card race the St. Louis Cardinals hammered the Washington Nationals 12-2 maintaining their three game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers were able to stay three games back via their 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The Milwaukee Brewers are pretty much out of the race following their 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros and now sit five games out.