MLB Standings Update: White Sox Maintain Slight Lead In AL Central

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 08: Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox, Tyler Flowers #17 and Jordan Danks #7 celebrate their victory over the Kansas City Royals on September 8, 2012 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-4. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

The White Sox maintain a two game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central

The Chicago White Sox maintain a two-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central heading into a crucial series with the Tigers this week.

The Tigers dropped five of their last six games since sweeping they swept White Sox last week to move into a tie for first place. The two teams meet again Monday to begin a four-game set in Chicago.

With the recent hot streaks of the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Baltimore Orioles, the lead in the AL Central is now more obtainable than the two AL Wild Card spots. Detroit is only two games out of the division lead but 4.5 games out of the Wild Card.

The Chicago White Sox have a significantly harder upcoming schedule than the Detroit Tigers. They play three on the road against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and four at home against the Tampa Bay Rays to close the season. The Tigers play only one winning team outside of their series against Chicago; a three-game series at home against the Oakland Athletics.

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