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MLB Standings: Red Sox Quickly Falling Out Of Wild Card Contention

Boston's slim hopes of playoff contention got even slimmer this week with a pair of series losses to the Orioles and Yankees.


With the AL East lead disappearing onto the horizon and hopes of a wild card bid fading fast, the Red Sox had at least hoped to play spoilers to their most bitter rivals in a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. But New York took two out of three behind eight solo home runs in the series, allowing the Yankees to maintain a five game lead on Tampa Bay for the AL East lead while the Sox slipped to 13.5 back.

The good news for Boston is that the return of David Ortiz, who had turned back the clock by leading the team by hitting .312 with 23 homers, is nearing return from his Achilles injury. But before he gets back, Carl Crawford, one of the team's more productive hitters, will likely opt to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery to relieve a nagging elbow problem, seeing as his services will be more useful next season, when the Red Sox will be in contention for a playoff spot, than this year, when they seem destined to miss the postseason for a third straight year.

AL East Standings

New York 72 49 .595 0 Won 1
Tampa Bay 67 54 .553 5 Won 4
Baltimore 66 55 .545 6 Won 2
Boston 59 63 .483 13.5 Lost 1
Toronto 56 65 .462 16 Lost 2

(updated 8.20.2012 at 9:33 AM CDT)

Boston is still an outsider for a wild card slot, 7.5 games back of the Baltimore Orioles for the second spot. Stranger things have happened - see; the end of the 2011 season for Boston - but with the Sox shutting down Crawford and the ever-present clubhouse strife surrounding Bobby Valentine, it appears the organization isn't too hopeful in their odds. Losing a series to the O's this past week didn't help their chances, either.

American League Wild Card Standings

Tampa Bay 67 54 .553 0 Won 4
Baltimore 66 55 .545 1 Won 2
Oakland 65 55 .541 1.5 Won 4
Detroit 64 57 .528 3 Lost 2
Los Angeles 62 60 .508 5.5 Lost 4
Boston 59 63 .483 8.5 Lost 1
Seattle 58 64 .475 9.5 Won 5
Toronto 56 65 .462 11 Lost 2
Kansas City 54 66 .450 12.5 Won 3
Cleveland 54 67 .446 13 Lost 5
Minnesota 50 70 .416 16.5 Lost 5

(updated 8.20.2012 at 9:33 AM CDT)

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