White Sox Path to the Postseason: Sept. 24, 2012

White Sox Path to the Postseason: Sept. 24, 2012

White Sox Path to the Postseason: Sept. 24, 2012
ANAHEIM -- Ten games to the finish line.

That's the total remaining for both the White Sox and the Tigers in their pursuit of the American League Central crown. And despite coming off of a 1-5 road stretch in Kansas City and Anaheim, where the South Siders did not play particularly well, they still hold a one-game lead in the division.

Detroit helped that lead stay intact by getting swept by the Twins in a doubleheader at home on Sunday, scoring just five runs between the two games, and yielding 10 straight runs to Minnesota after taking a 2-0 lead in Game 1.

Meanwhile, the White Sox capped off that rough five-game stretch by falling to Jered Weaver and the Angels at Angel Stadium on a steamy Sunday afternoon. They have a magic number of 10 coming home to face the Indians for three games, with Chris Sale taking the mound on Monday night, while the Tigers have a magic number of 12 as they play host to the Royals for four.

"We're going to go about things the same way every day, no matter where we are, who we're playing, what the schedule says. It's all that there is," White Sox captain Paul Konerko said. "We prepare today and tomorrow like we prepare in June.

"And we know the story of the game. We're only human so we know what's at stake. But we just keep doing things the same way, and we trust that will put us where we want to be at the end of the year. If it's not, we know we did it the right way."

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

Indians (McAllister, 5-8) at White Sox (Sale, 17-7), 8:10 p.m. Preview >

Royals (Hochevar, 8-14) at Tigers (Verlander, 15-8), 7:05 p.m. Preview >

A's (Straily, 2-1) at Rangers (Holland, 11-6), 8:05 p.m. Preview >

Yankees (Pettitte, 4-3) at Twins (TBD), 8:10 p.m. Preview >

Game 1: Blue Jays (Alvarez, 9-13) at Orioles (Johnson, 3-0), 4:05 p.m. Preview >

Game 2: Blue Jays (Romero, 8-14) at Orioles (Chen, 12-9), 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

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.