Saturday September 15, 2012 | 06:15 AM

Big games Friday night, with Tampa Bay beating the Yankees 6-4 to hang on to its hopes, while Oakland topped Baltimore 3-2.

And the Dodgers (75-70) beat St. Louis 8-5 to move a game within a NL Wild Card berth. Adrian Gonzalez had two doubles and two RBI. Nick Punto even contributed two hits.

Elsewhere Boston beat Toronto 8-5, while Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine called his group of players the "weakest roster" Boston has ever had in September.

Now for the standings: 

Yankees 81-63
Orioles 81-63
Rays 78-66 (3 back)

A’s 83-61
Orioles or Yankees 81-63
Angels 79-66 (2.5 back)
Rays 78-66 (3)
Tigers 76-67 (4.5)

Astros 46-99
Cubs 57-87
Rockies 58-85
Twins 60-85
Indians 60-85
Marlins 64-81
RED SOX 65-80
Royals 65-79
Blue Jays 65-78
Mets 66-78
Padres 69-76
Seattle 69-74

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