September 1, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (12) yells out towards Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde (not pictured) after striking out during the ninth inning at Comerica Park. Detroit won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers are in the closest division title race in baseball as the season winds down.
After the Chicago White Sox were swept in Detroit over the weekend, both teams are now tied atop the AL Central standings with 29 games remaining. Both teams are also opening home series Monday against the division's bottom feeders, Chicago against the Minnesota Twins and Detroit against the Cleveland Indians.
Detroit travels to Chicago for a four-game series starting Sept. 10 that could be pivotal in deciding which team ultimately wins the division. Here are the complete AL Central standings:
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In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs are in fifth place, likely too far behind to catch the fourth place Milwaukee Brewers, who lead them by 14 games, and likely too far ahead to risk falling behind the Houston Astros, who trail the Cubs by 10.5 games, for last place. Here are the complete NL Central standings:
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