MLB Standings: Chicago White Sox Lead The AL Central; Cubs' Struggles Continue

Aug 12, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (12) is congratulated for scoring from first base on an infield out during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at US Cellular Field. The White Sox won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago White Sox maintain their AL Central lead while the Cubs' horrible season continues

The Chicago White Sox took two of three from the Oakland Athletics this past weekend pushing their record to 62-51, two games ahead of the second place Detroit Tigers. The White Sox now find themselves in an overly congested AL playoff race where six teams sit between 60 and 62 wins. They maintain a slightly better record than the Wild Card leading Tampa Bay Rays, fresh off a six game win streak, and the Baltimore Orioles. The Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals remain largely out of the mix at 53-62, 49-65 and 49-65, respectively.

In the NL, the Cincinnati Reds continue their hot second half by taking three out of four against the Chicago Cubs this past weekend. The Reds' record stands at 69-46, 4.5 games ahead of the second place Pittsburgh Pirates and seven games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs continue their season long struggles and now stand at 44-69, leading only the dismal Houston Astros.

The Washington Nationals still lead all of baseball with 71 wins.

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