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Division leaders square off in Oakland and Washington

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(AP) — The start of two excellent late-August series top the schedule in baseball today.

In Washington the National League East-leading Nationals, who have won 10 straight, open up a weekend series against the second-place Giants of the NL West. The Nationals start the day with a seven-game lead over the Braves while the Giants are 3 ½ games back of the Dodgers. Record-wise the Nats are an NL-best 73-53 while the Giants are 67-59.

Later in the night the Angels, leaders of the American League West, open up a series with the second-place Athletics in Oakland. The Angels, who have won four straight and eight of 10, top the slumping A’s, who have lost eight of their last 10, by two games. L.A. has a mark of 76-50 while the A’s are 74-52. The Angels currently have the best record in baseball with a .603 winning percentage.

Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals is out to become baseball’s first 16-game winner of the season tonight. The Cards are in Philadelphia for a date with the Phillies. On the year Wainwright is 15-7 with a sterling 2.40 earned run average.

The rest of the schedule looks like this:

This afternoon in Chicago the Cubs are playing the Orioles. This evening the Yankees are home to the White Sox, Houston is at Cleveland, the Blue Jays are hosting the Rays, Seattle is in Boston, the Reds are entertaining the Braves, Kansas City is playing at Texas, the Twins open up a series with the Tigers, Pittsburgh is at Milwaukee, the Rockies are hosting the Marlins, San Diego is at Arizona and the Dodgers are meeting the Mets in Los Angeles.

 

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