Published October 02, 2012
Baseball's playoff scenarios with two days left in the regular season:
The New York Yankees, who beat Boston 10-2 on Monday night, took a one-game lead over the Orioles, who lost 5-3 at Tampa Bay. Both teams have clinched a postseason berth. If they tie for the division title, they would play a tiebreaker Thursday in Baltimore. The loser would play in the wild-card game Friday, needing a win to advance.
Detroit beat Kansas City 6-3 to win the division crown for the second straight season. The White Sox, despite an 11-0 victory over Cleveland, were eliminated from postseason contention when the Tigers won.
Texas, which has clinched a playoff berth, held a two-game lead over the Athletics going into their game in Oakland late Monday night. The A's held a two-game lead over the Angels for the second wild card. Los Angeles played at Seattle.
Washington, despite a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia, clinched the division title — its first since moving from Montreal in 2005 — thanks to Atlanta's 2-1 loss at Pittsburgh. The Braves have already wrapped up a playoff berth and will host the NL wild-card game Friday.
St. Louis, the defending World Series champion, beat Cincinnati 4-2 to clinch at least a tie for the second wild card. A loss by the Dodgers, who hosted San Francisco in a late game, or another Cardinals win would lock up a playoff berth for St. Louis.
Cincinnati has already clinched the division title and is tied with Washington for the best record in the National League. The Reds must finish with a better mark than the Nationals to earn home-field advantage throughout the postseason because Washington won the season series.
San Francisco has already clinched the division and Los Angeles, which was playing the Giants late Monday night, needed a win to stay alive in the wild-card race.