Rangers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 19, 2012

Rangers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 19, 2012

Rangers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 19, 2012
ANAHEIM - Let it go. Move on. There's nothing to be gained from dwelling on an 11-3 loss. This was the tone in the Rangers' clubhouse after Tuesday night's thumping by the Angels, who climbed to within 6 1/2 games of Texas while the A's remained three behind the Rangers in the American League West.

"As a team, we have experience with anything and everything," Michael Young said, dismissing an eight-run fourth inning by the Angels as nothing to belabor. "We know how to take in the good and weed out the bad. We've gotten to be pretty good at it over the years. We're a veteran team. There aren't many situations we haven't seen before. It's not that tough."

The Rangers are all about winning series, which means they need to take the final two from the Angels in this Angel Stadium showdown to remain on a remarkable roll. They have won eight of their past nine series and 11 of 13.

Putting Tuesday night's horror show in the rear-view mirror won't be difficult at all, shortstop Elvis Andrus maintained.

"Gotta let it go," Andrus said. "Turn the page. Crazy plays happened in this game. It's like that once in a while. It's part of the game. We'll come back and win [Wednesday night]."

The Angels lead the season series, 8-6, and are 5-2 against Texas at Angel Stadium. The middle game of the series matches a pair of lefties, Derek Holland facing former teammate C.J. Wilson.

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

Rangers (Holland, 10-6) at Angels (Wilson, 12-9), 10:05 p.m. Preview >

A's (Anderson, 4-1) at Tigers (Verlander, 14-8), 7:05 p.m. Preview >

Blue Jays (Alvarez, 9-12) at Yankees (Pettitte, 3-3), 1:05 p.m. (Game 1) Preview >

Blue Jays (Romero, 8-14) at Yankees (Phelps, 4-4), 7:05 p.m. (Game 2) Preview >

Orioles (Saunders, 8-12) 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 »

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 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

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.