Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By ANDREW ASTLEFORD  |  Last updated 9/23/13
Want drama? The American League wild card chase is heating up. Here's the latest look at how teams in the race stack up. Monday's key results Tampa Bay Rays 5, Baltimore Orioles 4 Buzz: The Rays scored three runs in the last three innings, capped by James Loney's game-ending homer to right field off reliever Tommy Hunter, to earn a four-game sweep. Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer allowed four runs and five hits in 4 13 innings, but the bullpen held the Orioles scoreless the rest of the way. Tampa Bay earned its 13th walk-off victory of the season. Texas Rangers 12, Houston Astros 0 Buzz: The Rangers scored nine runs in the first four innings and never looked back. Houston right-hander Jordan Lyles allowed seven runs and seven hits in three, and that was more than enough for Texas to earn the blowout victory. Left-hander Derek Holland pitched a complete game and allowed six hits. Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners, late Standings update W L Pct. WCGB Streak Tampa Bay Rays 87 69 .558 1.0 Won 4 Cleveland Indians 86 70 .551 -- Won 4 Texas Rangers 85 71 .545 1.0 Won 1 Kansas City Royals 82 73 .529 3.5 Won 1 New York Yankees 82 74 .526 4.0 Lost 1 Baltimore Orioles 81 75 .519 5.0 Lost 5 Tuesday's key games Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Probable pitchers: LH Matt Moore (15-4, 3.34 ERA) vs. RH Hiroki Kuroda (11-12, 3.17 ERA) Worth noting: Moore is 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA in eight career starts against the Yankees Quick take: The Rays can finish off the Yankees by winning this series. Look for Moore to deliver the first blow. Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Probable pitchers: RH Todd Redmond (4-2, 3.82 ERA) vs. RH Chris Tillman (16-7, 3.70 ERA) Worth noting: Tillman is 1-3 with a 4.28 ERA in four September starts. Quick take: The Orioles are toast after being swept in St. Pete. Win? Lose? Doesn't matter. Let the countdown to spring training begin. Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 p.m. Probable pitchers: LH Hector Santiago (4-9, 3.53 ERA) vs. RH Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.39 ERA) Worth noting: Jimenez is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA in four September starts. Quick take: The Rays keep winning, and the Rangers might as well be playing air with a series against the Astros. The Indians must sprint, too, and they will do so Tuesday. Houston Astros at Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m. Probable pitchers: RH Brad Peacock (5-5, 5.24 ERA) vs. RH Yu Darvish (13-9, 2.81 ERA) Worth noting: Darvish is 3-1 in four starts against Houston this season, including a one-run, one-hit effort in eight innings Aug. 12. Quick take: Did the Cowboys blow out the Texans on Monday night? Oh wait, just another day in AstroLand. Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners, 10:10 p.m. Probable pitchers: LH Bruce Chen (8-3, 3.13 ERA) vs. LH James Paxton (2-0, 2.12 ERA) Worth noting: Chen has allowed two runs and six hits in six innings against Seattle this season. Quick take: The Royals' window is closing. They need help ... fast. You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Lowry expected to miss 4-5 weeks, return for playoffs

Report: Cowboys to release Romo in coming weeks

Report: Jennings expected to sign with Hornets

Did Hield reveal Kings tampered with him before trade?

Nicklaus says Tiger's current situation is a 'puzzle to me'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Schroder still insists Isaiah Thomas insulted his family

Report: Cousins wants franchise tag to be used on him

Report: Jets likely to try and trade Sheldon Richardson

Knicks considering releasing Derrick Rose?

Report: Steelers, Brown making progress on extension

Joel Embiid out indefinitely in Sixers star’s latest setback

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker