Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/24/12
It's an archaic notion, straight out of 1969, 1993 or at least 2011. Win the division or go home. No wild card. No second wild card. No safety net , to borrow the radioactive political term. The American League Central is old school: one bid, two teams, 10 games left. The new wild-card round has transformed races across baseball ... except for this outlier. In every other division, the second-place team is a viable contender for a wild card. Baltimore (AL East) has the AL's first spot, one game ahead of Oakland (AL West). In the National League, Atlanta (East) is close to clinching the first wild card, St. Louis (Central) holds the second, and Los Angeles (West) has hope -- albeit faint -- of catching the Cardinals. Not so in baseball's Big Ten, where the Chicago White Sox hold a one-game lead over the Detroit Tigers. Winner to the first round, loser to the first tee. "Right now," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sunday, "these are playoff-type games." Yet, neither the Tigers n...
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