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Remaining schedules for American League contenders

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Gotta win some games.

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The Royals are scuffling, but still have the best record in the league with a two-game lead on the Blue Jays, who own the tie-breaker based on head-to-head record. The Royals own a ten game lead on the Twins, making a Central Division title a near-certainty, even if the Royals only win a few games the rest of the season. The Royals do have three games head-to-head left with the Twins, but it comes at the end of the year when the title may be determined already. Aside from Minnesota, the one-game make up with the Cubs is the only other team with a winning record left on Kansas City's schedule, although the Indians could have a winning record by the time they reach Kansas City next week.

The Blue Jays made mincemeat of the Yankees in the Bronx last week, so the return trip to Toronto may be a forgone conclusion. The Jays will get to work through the rest of the mediocre American League East, while the Yankees have to face the crosstown National League East leading Mets this weekend. The Blue Jays should be in good position to win their first division title since 1993.

The Astros ceded the division lead to Texas in a head-to-head series this week, but they'll get a shot to reclaim it in a few weeks at home. The Angels are fading fast, but can resurrect their season with head-to-head matchups against fellow playoff contenders Minnesota, Texas, and Houston.

Kansas City Toronto Texas New York Houston Minnesota Los Angeles
85-60 83-62 78-67 80-65 77-69 75-70 73-72
17-Sep at CLE at ATL vs.HOU OFF at TEX vs.LAA at MIN
18-Sep at DET vs.BOS vs.SEA at NYM vs.OAK vs.LAA at MIN
19-Sep at DET vs.BOS vs.SEA at NYM vs.OAK vs.LAA at MIN
20-Sep at DET vs.BOS vs.SEA at NYM vs.OAK vs.LAA at MIN
21-Sep OFF vs.NYY OFF at TOR vs.LAA OFF at HOU
22-Sep vs.SEA vs.NYY at OAK at TOR vs.LAA vs.CLE at HOU
23-Sep vs.SEA vs.NYY at OAK at TOR vs.LAA vs.CLE at HOU
24-Sep vs.SEA OFF at OAK vs.CHW OFF vs.CLE OFF
25-Sep vs.CLE vs.TBR at HOU vs.CHW vs.TEX at DET vs.SEA
26-Sep vs.CLE vs.TBR at HOU vs.CHW vs.TEX at DET vs.SEA
27-Sep vs.CLE vs.TBR at HOU vs.CHW vs.TEX at DET vs.SEA
28-Sep at CHC at BAL vs.DET vs.BOS at SEA at CLE vs.OAK
29-Sep at CHW at BAL vs.DET vs.BOS at SEA at CLE vs.OAK
30-Sep at CHW at BAL vs.DET vs.BOS at SEA at CLE vs.OAK
1-Oct at CHW at BAL vs.LAA vs.BOS OFF at CLE at TEX
2-Oct at MIN at TBR vs.LAA at BAL at ARI vs.KCR at TEX
3-Oct at MIN at TBR vs.LAA at BAL at ARI vs.KCR at TEX
4-Oct at MIN at TBR vs.LAA at BAL at ARI vs.KCR at TEX