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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with six days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with six days left

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Monday was not a good day if you were sitting just outside of the 2017 MLB Wild Card race. Every team that needed a win came up short.

Combined teams were 0-5 on Sept. 25 that were still alive, but chasing a postseason spot.

No positioning changed and no one locked up a playoff spot other than the St. Louis Cardinals being eliminated from the NL Central race.

Still, three postseason slots remain open, the NL Central title and a Wild Card spot on each side. Positioning in the AL East tightened and the race in the NL Central widened.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

It was a great opportunity for teams to catch up to the Minnesota Twins (82-74) on Monday for the second Wild Card spot. Minnesota was off, preparing for a massive series against Cleveland that could determine the American League Wild Card.

No team in the race took advantage though, every trailing team lost.

If any team benefited from the idle day from the Twins, it was the New York Yankees (87-69) padding their lead for the top Wild Card. The Yankees clobbered the Kansas City Royals (76-80) who are still mathematically alive. In that contest, Aaron Judge became the first MLB rookie to smash 50 homeruns in a season.

Most disappointing was the Los Angeles Angels (77-79) who fell to the lowly White Sox on the road. It does not sink their ship yet, but they definitely need some help from the Twins if they want to have any postseason shot.

The Texas Rangers (76-80), facing the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals (76-80) playing the Tigers, and Tampa Bay Rays (76-80) traveling to the Yankees, all face must win scenarios to make the MLB postseason.

Magic number for the Yankees to clinch the top Wild Card spot is down to one. The Twins can clinch a Wild Card spot with a win and a Los Angeles loss on Tuesday. 

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 26):

New York Yankees:     +5.0           
Minnesota Twins:           ---                        
Los Angeles Angels:     -5.0                     
Texas Rangers:             -6.0                      
Kansas City Royals:      -6.0                     
Tampa Bay Rays:          -6.0                      

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona, Colorado, and St. Louis all lost on Monday. With the Brewers being idle, they were the only team in the National League Wild Card race that did not lose.

It does not matter how the Arizona Diamondbacks (90-67) finish the year. They are going to be the No. 4 seed in the National League Postseason and host the Wild Card game on Oct. 4.

Losing though to the Miami Marlins, the Colorado Rockies (84-73) could not afford to lose. Fortunately for them, the St. Louis Cardinals (81-75) fell to the Cubs and knocked the Cards out of their divisional race.

The Milwaukee Brewers (82-74) now play Cincinnati after gaining half of a game on the Rockies. St. Louis continues their tough series against the Cubs with three more games on the horizon.

NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 26):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0                       
Colorado Rockies:                    ---               
Milwaukee Brewers:              -1.5              
St. Louis Cardinals:                -2.5              

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

BALTIMORE -- Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

It was Clevenger's 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevenger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to left, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

DETROIT - Leonys Martin hit his first big league grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had four hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 13-8 Thursday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six.

Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis. Zimmermann was pitching for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a line drove off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Kipnis on April 11.

Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a $57 million, four-year contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Machado had four RBIs for the Orioles, who were outhit 18-14 in the game and outscored 23-15 in the three-game sweep.

Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the first, but Davis put Baltimore ahead with a two-run homer in the second, his sixth hit and fourth homer in 10 career at-bats against Zimmermann.

Detroit went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom half after third baseman Tim Beckham's throwing error allowed James McCann to reach base leading off. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run triple, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Nick Castellanos a run-scoring groundout.

Machado's homer in the third cut Baltimore's deficit to 5-2, but Candelario's two-run homer extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom half. Martin homered off Mike Wright Jr. in a five-run fifth.