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2012 MLB Playoff Standings: Tigers Lose Ground Sunday, Sit Two Games Back

The Detroit Tigers lost ground on the Chicago White Sox Sunday and now sit two games back of the division lead in the AL Central. The Tigers lost to the Cleveland Indians, 7-6 while the White Sox crushed the Minnesota Twins, 9-2.

Detroit took a one-run lead into the ninth inning, but closer Jose Valverde could not convert the save opportunity, allowing two runs to score and lost the game, 7-6. Chicago had no such difficulty. The White Sox took advantage of a quality start from pitcher Jake Peavy and ran away from Minnesota with a six-run sixth inning.

Detroit plays the White Sox once more, a make-up game from a rainout earlier this month. Each team has only 17 more games to play this season.

The option of a playoff berth via Wild Card is becoming less and less plausible for the Tigers. They currently sit 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot and are in fifth place in the overall Wild Card standings.

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