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Your new playoff brackets

AL: Yankees (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Boston (4)

NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Arizona (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4)

Thoughts: The Yankees' victory in Kansas City, combined with Boston's doubleheader split against Tampa Bay, put the Yankees back on top of the AL East for the first time since August 5.

We've got about a quarter of the season to go here, so it would be silly to entirely rule out crazy results and, more to the point, dramatic shifts in the standings. But as we sit here now, we face the possibility of a pretty dull September. The closest division is the AL East, which is really just a playoff seeding battle between the Yankees and Red Sox.

Otherwise? The AL Central has Detroit up a game in the loss column (but three games overall) over Cleveland, while the NL West has the surging Diamondbacks up three and a half games (four in the loss column) over defending champions San Francisco. And the AL West (Texas), NL East (Philadelphia) and NL Central (Milwaukee) aren't even close.

OK, that's all for now. I'm off to Cooperstown for the MLB owners' meetings. I'll check in later today.

 

 

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