MLB Standings Update: White Sox Maintain Division Lead; Cubs Continue To Slip

August 19, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Dewayne Wise (28) hits in two runs against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

The White Sox maintained their division lead over the weekend despite getting swept, while the Cubs continued their slide down the league standings.

The Chicago White Sox maintained their lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central despite being swept this past weekend at the hands of the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers lost two of three to the Baltimore Orioles, gaining only a single game during Chicago's weekend slide. At 65-55, the White Sox stand 1.5 games ahead of the Tigers (64-57), who are two games out of an American League Wild Card playoff spot behind the Baltimore Orioles (67-54) and Tampa Bay Rays (66-55).

In the National League, the Chicago Cubs continue to distance themselves from the playoff picture and trudge through a miserable 2012 campaign, losing three of four to the Cincinnati Reds this past weekend to fall to 47-73, the third-worst record in the majors. The Reds, on the other hand, added three more wins in the series and now find themselves in contention for the title of best record in the bigs. Their 74-48 mark puts them just 1.5 games back of the league-leading Washington Nationals (75-46) in that department.

For complete MLB standings, click here.

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