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Yankees' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 13, 2012

Yankees' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 13, 2012

Yankees' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 13, 2012
BOSTON -- The Yankees and Orioles remained tied atop the American League East at the close of action on Wednesday, as New York posted a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox just after Baltimore logged a walk-off, 3-2 win over the Rays at Camden Yards.

The dual victories give New York and Baltimore a three-game lead over the Rays in the AL East. For the Yankees, the win was just their eighth in their last 21 contests and they are 4-5 on their current 10-game road trip; New York has been in first place, either tied or alone, since the beginning of play on June 12.

Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez said that he couldn't help but check up on the Baltimore-Tampa Bay game, using Fenway Park's ancient manual scoreboard to do some old-fashioned watching.

"I glanced sometime in the eighth inning," Rodriguez said, "but we've got to do what we've got to do, win our games and keep collecting victories. Today we did some good things out there and we've just got to build on that."

Rodriguez said that he doesn't expect the pressure of the pennant race to be relieved anytime soon.

"It's not going to," Rodriguez said. "You can count on this going down the stretch. We have to play the style of baseball that's going to pay dividends in the end."

Today's key games to watch (all times ET)

Rays (Hellickson, 8-10) at Orioles (Chen, 12-9), 12:35 p.m. Preview »

Athletics (Anderson, 4-0) at Angels (Weaver, 16-4), 3:35 p.m. Preview »

Indians (McAllister, 5-7) at Rangers (Holland, 10-6), 8:05 p.m. Preview »

If the postseason started today ...

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best AL record vs. Third-best AL record | Best AL record at Wild Card winner

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best NL record vs. Third-best NL record | Best NL record at Wild Card winner

Postseason Bracket »

Postseason 101

Magic numbers
To calculate a team's magic number, take the number of games it has remaining and add one. Then subtract the difference in the number of losses between that team and its closest pursuer.

Tiebreaker scenarios
A tiebreaker game will be played to determine a division winner, even if the tied clubs are assured of participating in the postseason. If a division championship tiebreaker is necessary, the head-to-head record between the clubs will determine home-field advantage. If the head-to-head record is tied, then division record will be the next tiebreaker.

If two clubs are tied for the two Wild Card berths, home-field advantage will be determined by the head-to-head record between the clubs. If the head-to-head record is tied, then division record will be the next tiebreaker.

Tiebreaker rules »

2012 postseason schedule
Wild Card playoff games: Oct. 5
Division Series: Oct. 6-12
AL Championship Series: Oct. 13-21
NL Championship Series: Oct. 14-22
World Series: Oct. 24-Nov. 1

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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