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MLB Standings: Yankees Slipping In AL East While Boston Skids

Boston may not have any chance at making the postseason, but at least they can point and laugh at a stumbling Yankees team.

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Last year, Yankees fans had their share of laughs at the Red Sox's expense, as Boston tumbled from a division lead to miss out on the playoffs after a catastrophic collapse over the season's final month. Boston fans might have the chance to return the favor as a dinged-up Yankees squad falters with October looming.

If the fire sale that saw Boston ship off its stars in Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett didn't signal the end of their season, a six-game west coast losing streak certainly does. The Red Sox are 13 games out of the Wild Card race and with a pitching staff capable of giving up 20 runs; there doesn't seem much hope of recovery.

But the Yankees, who appeared to have their tickets to the playoffs stamped, are struggling: New York has only won four of its last 12, and after dropping two out of three to Baltimore is just two games ahead of the Orioles in the AL East standings and 3.5 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays, who would represent the final playoff spot. The Yankees, who are missing Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira with injuries, could slip out of the playoff picture entirely if they don't turn it around fast. The Red Sox will still have the chance to play the spoiler with six games left against their rivals -- including three to close the season in the Bronx.

Here's a look at the standings:


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 76 57 .571 0 Lost 1
Baltimore 74 59 .556 2 Won 1
Tampa Bay 73 61 .544 3.5 Lost 2
Boston 62 73 .459 15 Lost 6
Toronto 60 73 .451 16 Lost 2

(updated 9.3.2012 at 8:56 AM CDT)


And the race for the two Wild Card spots:


American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Oakland 76 57 .571 0 Won 2
Baltimore 74 59 .556 2 Won 1
Tampa Bay 73 61 .544 3.5 Lost 2
Detroit 72 61 .541 4 Won 3
Los Angeles 71 63 .529 5.5 Lost 1
Seattle 65 70 .481 12 Won 1
Boston 62 73 .459 15 Lost 6
Kansas City 60 73 .451 16 Won 1
Toronto 60 73 .451 16 Lost 2
Cleveland 56 78 .417 20.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 55 79 .410 21.5 Lost 1

(updated 9.3.2012 at 8:56 AM CDT)


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