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.
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