AL East Standings
NYY 88-63 --
BAL 87-64 1
TB 82-70 6.5
AL Wild-Card Standings
BAL 87-64 --
OAK 85-66 --
LAA 83-69 2.5
TB 82-70 3.5
DET 80-70 4.5
Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m.
RHP Chris Tillman (8-2, 3.22 ERA) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (11-9, 5.08 ERA)
Dustin Pedroia is one of the few recongnizable names in the Red Sox lineup these days, and he's 3-for-7 in his career against Tillman with a double. Tillman has been dominant against right-handed hitters, though, holding them to a .198 batting average this year.
Other games that matter
Athletics (Griffin) at Yankees (Kuroda), 1:05 p.m.
Twins (Diamond) at Tigers (Smyly), 1:05 p.m.
Twins (Walters) at Tigers (Scherzer), 7:05 p.m.
Blue Jays (Jenkins) at Rays (Cobb), 1:40 p.m.
White Sox (Floyd) at Angels (Weaver), 3:35 p.m.
Rangers (Dempster) at Mariners (Vargas), 4:10 p.m.
Thought of the day
Need another reminder how volatile this year's playoff race is?
At this time last week, the Oakland A's were looking like a near shoo-in to host the wild-card game. Reporters who cover a number of teams were looking into hotels in the Bay Area.
Today, Oakland's stock is dropping fast, following two gut-punch extra-inning losses to the New York Yankees, yesterday's coming after they blew a four-run lead in the 13th inning.
Since taking the first two games from the Orioles last weekend, the A's are 1-5 and now sit just 2.5 games ahead of the Angels.
Oh, and when they're done in New York today, they head to Texas for a four-game series.
People have been waiting all year for the Orioles and A's to have their bubbles burst. It doesn't look like that's going to happen to the O's, but Oakland is treading into perilous waters right now.
Seven of their last 10 games come against the Rangers, and the pitching staff that got them into this race in the first place has surrendered at least six runs in four of their last six games.
Our friends at coolstandings.com say the A's still have a 77.3 chance of making the postseason, but if I were to wager, I think my money would be riding with the Angels.
Either way, it's looking more like the Orioles will be hosting that wild-card game (if they don't win the division).
That said, we've seen how much this playoff picture can change in the span of a week.
Inside the enemy clubhouses
Oakland's Josh Reddick continues to struggle
Raul Ibanez turning up the power for Yankees
Angels owner says Scioscia will be back next year
Luke Scott and Carlos Pena heating up for Rays
Tweet of the day