The spotlight in baseball falls squarely on the teams competing for wild card berths this evening.
In St. Petersburg, Fla., the Tampa Bay Rays are playing host to Texas. In the current standings the Rays and Rangers hold down the two American League Wild Card spots with Cleveland a half game back, Baltimore 2 ½ back, the Yankees three games back and the Royals 3 ½ games back.
The Indians and Royals are opening up a big three-game series tonight in Kansas City. How that series plays out could very well determine the future of one of those teams as they play for a spot in the post season.
Both the Orioles and Yankees have the night off. The battle for the lead in the National League Central looks like this: The Pirates and Cardinals are tied for the lead with the Reds 3 ½ games back.
The way things stand Monday, the team that does not win the Central title will secure a wild card berth with the other club, barring a strong finish by Washington, clinching the final wild card spot.
The surprising Nationals, who have won 8 of their last 10 games, are now 4 ½ games back of a National League wild card berth.
The Nats were scheduled to open up a three-game series at home with Atlanta, the team the Nationals trail by 10 games in the NL East. The game has been postponed because of the shootings this morning in Washington, D.C., not far from the ballpark.