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2012 MLB Standings: Tigers Trailing AL Central Lead By One Game As Series Begins In L.A.

The Detroit Tigers managed to secure a tie atop the American League Central division when they managed a sweep of the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, but they now sit one game back after dropping two of three against the Cleveland Indians. Detroit has struggled off and on with the Indians this season, so it wasn't surprising to see them drop games one and two 3-2, before finishing off that series with a 7-1 win.

Cleveland is 16.5 games back of the White Sox for the division lead, but they'd love nothing more than to continue to make things tough for Detroit and, when they can, Chicago. Still, the AL Central is a two team race between Detroit and Chicago. The latter has a 74-62 record, while the former is 73-63. The lead has changed multiple times this season.

Detroit will have another series against the White Sox on Sept. 10 - Sept. 13, a four-game affair that could feasibly decide the division. But they've got the Indians again after that and, of course, they've got a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels starting on Friday as well. The race for the AL Central will likely come down to the wire either way.

You can head to this link to check out the full standings at, and we've got the AL Central standings below:

AL Central Standings

Chicago 74 62 .544 0 Won 1
Detroit 73 63 .536 1 Won 1
Kansas City 61 76 .445 13.5 Lost 2
Cleveland 58 79 .423 16.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 56 81 .408 18.5 Lost 1

(updated 9.7.2012 at 6:45 AM PDT)

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