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MLB Standings: Surging Rays Closing The AL East Gap

Winners of four straight, the Tampa Bay Rays have moved to within 1.5 games of the lead in the American League East division.

That lead is currently shared by the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. On July 18, the Yankees led the Orioles by 10 games, and the Rays by 10.5.

The Rays will continue to depend on their pitching, which currently sports the best team ERA in the majors, at a minuscule 3.25.

WIth just 26 games left in the season, the Rays hope to capture the AL East crown for the third time franchise history, since doing the same in 2010 and 2008.

The wild-card race is looking even more muddled, as the Rays, Angels, and Tigers all trail the Orioles/Yankees for the second spot by less than five games.

Click here for a full look at the standings.

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