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Baseball wild card races turn wild

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The American and National League wild card races are providing much of the baseball drama with less than two weeks to go in the regular season.

Once thought to be a lock for postseason play, slumping Boston is just two games ahead of Tampa Bay headed into this evening's home contest with Baltimore. The Rays, who took 3 of 4 from the Sox in Boston over the weekend and have won 11 of 15 overall, return from a day off to open a four-game series at New York. The Rays still have an outside shot at the AL East title as well. They begin tonight's contest seven games behind the first-place Yankees and will play seven of their last 10 regular-season games against the division leaders.

Like their AL counterparts, the NL wild card leaders have seen their once seemingly safe lead dwindle to a few games. The Atlanta Braves start tonight's outing at Florida just 2 1/2 games ahead of the surging Cardinals. St. Louis hosts the New York Mets under the lights.

Today's NL slate gets started with Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader in Philadelphia between the East champion Phillies and Washington Nationals.

Tonight in the senior circuit, Central leader Milwaukee is at the Chicago Cubs, West-leading Arizona entertains Pittsburgh, San Francisco puts its eight-game winning streak on the line at the L.A. Dodgers, Cincinnati is home to Houston and Colorado hosts San Diego.

The opener of a day-night double-dip in Cleveland featuring the Indians and Chicago White Sox gets things going in the AL.

This evening, it'll be West leader Texas at Oakland, Central champion Detroit at Kansas City, Seattle playing at Minnesota and the L.A. Angels on the road at Toronto.

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