It was a good night for Tampa Bay and Kansas City in the AL wild-card race. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers are falling fast and the NL Central remains tied with 12 games to play. A quick look at baseball's playoff picture:
HEAD TO HEAD: Four of the six teams vying for the two AL wild-card berths squared off against a fellow contender Monday night. Tampa Bay took the lead for the first spot by beating Texas 6-2, handing the Rangers their seventh straight defeat. Kansas City moved within 2½ games of Texas for the second slot with a 7-1 victory over the Indians, who remained a half-game behind the Rangers. Baltimore is two back, and the New York Yankees are 2½ out.
TRAGEDY: The Washington Nationals postponed their game against Atlanta following shootings at the nearby Navy Yard. The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, when a sweep would clinch the Braves' first NL East title since 2005.
ALMOST PERFECT: Seeking their first playoff trip since 1992, the Pirates ran into quite a road block. Andrew Cashner carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hitter that sent San Diego past Pittsburgh 2-0. Jose Tabata singled off Cashner to start the seventh but was erased on a double play. The Padres are the only big league franchise without a no-hitter.
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