In the AL Wild Card standings, Oakland still holds the lead for the second spot, and its separation from Baltimore, which controls the top slot, is only a half-game. The Angels, who earned a walk-off victory against the Mariners on Wednesday, remain two back of the A's.
Thursday's key games to watch (all times ET)
A's (Blackley, 5-3) at Rangers (Harrison, 17-10), 2:05 p.m. Preview >
Mariners (Iwakuma, 7-5) at Angels (Haren, 12-11), 3:35 p.m. Preview >
Yankees (Nova, 12-7) at Blue Jays (Morrow, 8-7), 7:07 p.m. Preview >
Rays (Shields, 15-9) at White Sox (Peavy, 11-12), 8:10 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