09/24/2013 10:27 am ET Updated Sep 24, 2013

AL Wild Card Update: Rays, Indians Hold Playoff Spots With Rangers, Yankees, Orioles In Pursuit


With six teams vying for just two Wild Card berths in the American League playoffs, there is plenty of meaningful baseball left in September.

The Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles remain bunched within 5 games of each other and continue to battle for the two spots in the one-game AL Wild Card playoff game as the 2013 MLB season enters its final week.

In the only game on the MLB schedule on Monday pitting Wild Card contenders, the Rays wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Orioles with a walk-off homer from James Loney. That win moved Tampa a game ahead of the Indians for the first Wild Card spot. Baltimore five games back of Cleveland for the second playoff ticket.

"You can feel it, you can't necessarily describe it, but it's there," Rays manager Joe Maddon said after his team outlasted the Orioles, via The Associated Press. "You know that your guys have that vibe going on. It's a good feeling."

Up next, the Rays head to the Bronx for a three-game series against the Yankees. How will their vibes be after that?

Following the games on Monday, every team still in the chase has six games remaining. Here is a look at the remaining schedule for each team in the AL Wild Card chase.

AL Wild Card Race: 9/24