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MLB Standings: Baltimore Ties The Yankees; Washington Pulls Away

Labor Day is in the past and for the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles own a share of the American League East lead.

Despite being 10 games behind the New York Yankees just a few months ago, Buck Showalter's club has clawed all the way back thanks to a great bullpen and a potent lineup. Now, the two teams will meet on Thursday for a four-game set at Camden Yards in the biggest series that stadium has since in well over a decade.

The AL Central is also a thrilling race with the Chicago White Sox owning just a game lead on the Detroit Tigers. Jim Leyland's group looked ready to take off, but now has faltered in two straight against the hapless Cleveland Indians.

In the National League, the Washington Nationals continue to show why they'll be one of the teams to beat come October. The Nationals are winners of three straight and currently own a 7.5 game lead over the challenging Atlanta Braves.

The Cincinnati Reds are counting the days down until they clinch the NL Central with such a huge lead over the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. However, the Wild Card race for the second spot is tight with the Los Angeles Dodgers battling it out as along with the two aforementioned teams.

For a full look at the standings, click here.

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