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Angels' Path to the Postseason, Sept. 15, 2012

Angels' Path to the Postseason, Sept. 15, 2012

Angels' Path to the Postseason, Sept. 15, 2012
The Angels rallied for a come-from-behind win in their series opener with the Royals on Friday night. In the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales tied the game with a two-run homer and Torii Hunter drew a bases-loaded walk for the go-ahead run in a 9-7 win at Kauffman Stadium.

With both the Yankees and Orioles losing on Friday, the Angels picked up a game in their chase for an American League Wild Card spot. New York and Baltimore remain tied atop the AL East standings and for the second Wild Card, with the Angels just 2 1/2 games behind. The A's defeated the Orioles, and they still hold the AL's first Wild Card berth.

The Angels' win also staved off the Tampa Bay Rays, who were three games back in the Wild Card hunt.

The Angels have two more games this weekend against the sub-.500 Royals before back-to-back home series against the division-leading Rangers and White Sox.

"We've gotten behind in some games, and they all haven't worked out like tonight," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after Friday's win. "I think the important thing is you keep playing baseball. You never know when that opportunity comes or when that break comes."

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

Rays (Shields, 14-8) at Yankees (Nova, 11-7), 4:05 p.m. Preview >

Angels (Greinke, 5-2) at Royals (Guthrie, 4-3), 7:10 p.m. Preview >

Mariners (Vargas, 14-10) at Rangers (Feldman, 6-11), 8:05 p.m. Preview >

Orioles (Britton, 5-2) at A's (Parker, 10-8), 9:05 p.m. Preview >

If the postseason started today ...

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best AL record vs. Third-best AL record | Best AL record at Wild Card winner

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best NL record vs. Third-best NL record | Best NL record at Wild Card winner

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 games 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 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 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

Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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