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MLB Standings 2012: Rays Pull Within 3 Of Yankees, Build On Wild Card Lead

Check out the American League East and AL Wild Card standings after Wednesday night's action.

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The combination of a Tampa Bay Rays win and a New York Yankees loss on Wednesday night puts the Rays within three games of first place in the American League East standings. The Rays already held the lead in the AL Wild Card race, and Wednesday's win -- Tampa's sixth in the last seven games -- helped solidify that lead.

The Oakland Athletics currently hold the second AL Wild Card spot, sitting a half-game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. Beginning Thursday, the Rays will have three opportunities to put some distance between themselves and the A's, as they kick off a three-game set against Oakland at Tropicana Field.

Complete standings for the American League East and the American League Wild Card race are below:


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 72 52 .580 0 Lost 3
Tampa Bay 69 55 .556 3 Won 1
Baltimore 67 57 .540 5 Lost 1
Boston 59 65 .475 13 Lost 3
Toronto 56 67 .455 15.5 Lost 4

(updated 8.22.2012 at 8:00 PM PDT)



American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Tampa Bay 69 55 .556 0 Won 1
Oakland 67 56 .544 1.5 Won 2
Baltimore 67 57 .540 2 Lost 1
Detroit 66 57 .536 2.5 Won 2
Los Angeles 64 60 .516 5 Won 2
Seattle 61 64 .488 8.5 Won 8
Boston 59 65 .475 10 Lost 3
Toronto 56 67 .455 12.5 Lost 4
Kansas City 55 68 .447 13.5 Lost 1
Cleveland 54 70 .435 15 Lost 8
Minnesota 51 72 .414 17.5 Lost 2

(updated 8.22.2012 at 8:00 PM PDT)


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