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MLB Standings: Detroit Remains Two Games Back of Chicago in AL Central

The Detroit Tigers enter play Thursday two games behind the Chicago White Sox.

August 19, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) at bat against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
August 19, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) at bat against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Despite taking the first two games of their current series with Toronto, the Detroit Tigers remain two games back of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central standings. Mere days after dropping three straight games to the Kansas City Royals, the White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees last night to preserve their lead at the top of the division.

Detroit finishes their three-game set with Toronto tonight, then welcomes the Angels to Comerica Park for a weekend series. After three mid-week games in Kansas City, the Tigers will host a pivotal series with Chicago beginning August 31. The Tigers managed to take three of four games with Los Angeles the last time the teams met, and are a near-perfect 7-1 against the Royals this season.

The White Sox take tomorrow off, then host Seattle for three before traveling to Baltimore for a four-game set.

In addition to their three-game series over Labor Day weekend, the teams meet for a four-game set in Chicago starting September 10.

Kansas City, Cleveland, and Minnesota close out the AL Central standings, though all three teams are more than ten games behind the two front-runners.

Head over to Bless You Boys for more Tigers coverage, and be sure to check out Baseball Nation for even more analysis from around the league.