New York's magic number to win the AL East rests at four entering its final series of the year, a three-game set against the Red Sox starting on Monday. The Orioles must head to Tropicana Field to wrap up the regular season against the Rays.
"We're trying to win games, we're trying to win the division," Derek Jeter said. "That's what we're always trying to do. If we play our games and we win our games, we'll be where we want to be. That's the only thing we're concerned with now."
Monday's key games to watch (all times ET)
Red Sox (Buchholz, 11-7) at Yankees (Sabathia, 14-6), 7:05 p.m. Preview >
Orioles (Chen, 12-10) at Rays (Cobb, 10-9), 7:10 p.m. Preview >
Rangers (Perez, 1-3) at A's (Parker, 12-8), 10:05 p.m. Preview >
Angels (Wilson, 12-10) at Mariners (Hernandez, 13-8), 10:10 p.m. Preview >
If the postseason started today ...
This is how the teams would match up: Postseason Bracket »
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.
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 the 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 the 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