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Major League Baseball's eye-opening August numbers


Bill Chuck, Special for USA TODAY Sports
1:11 a.m. EDT September 2, 2016

Perhaps you’ve been on vacation, to camp, or toiling away at everyday life in unrelenting humidity. It’s time to get back to baseball.

Here’s a very quick recap of August:

  • At the end of July: The Orioles led the AL East by a half-game over the Blue Jays. At the end of August: the Blue Jays led the Red Sox by two games and the Orioles by four.
  •  At the end of July: The Indians led the AL Central by 4 1/2  games over the Tigers. At the end of August: nothing has changed.
  •  At the end of July: The Rangers led the AL West by six games over the Astros. At the end of August: the Rangers upped their lead to 8 1/2 games over Houston.
  •  At the end of July: The Nationals led the NL East by four games over the Marlins. At the end of August: the Nationals led the Mets by nine games and the Marlins by 11.
  • At the end of July: The Cubs led the NL Central by 7 1/2 games over the Cardinals. At the end of August: the Cubs doubled their lead to 15 games over St. Louis.
  • At the end of July: The Giants led the NL West by two…

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