"There ain't nothing I can do about it," said Washington. "We have our hands full with Seattle."
Today's key games to watch (all times ET)
Rangers (Dempster, 6-2) at Mariners (Vargas, 14-10), 4:10 p.m. Preview >
A's (Griffin, 6-1) at Yankees (Kuroda, 14-10), 1:05 p.m. Preview >
White Sox (Floyd, 10-10) at Angels (Weaver, 18-4), 3:35 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