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Orioles' Path to the Postseason: Oct. 1, 2012

BALTIMORE -- After sweeping the Red Sox with a 6-3 victory on Sunday afternoon -- and the Angels lost to the Rangers in a doubleheader nightcap -- the Orioles clinched their first postseason berth since 1997.

Coupled with the Yankees' win in Toronto, the Orioles remain tied atop the American League East with three games to play.

While it would have been nice to celebrate on their home turf -- had the Angels lost the first game of their doubleheader -- the Orioles were hardly disappointed in the day's outcome.

"You're in, you're in," center fielder Adam Jones said of clinching a playoff spot. "I don't care, nobody cares. We are going to party somewhere."

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

Orioles (Chen, 12-10) at Rays (Cobb, 10-9), 7:10 p.m. Preview >

Red Sox (Buchholz, 11-7) at Yankees (Sabathia, 14-6), 7:05 p.m. 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

BALTIMORE -- After sweeping the Red Sox with a 6-3 victory on Sunday afternoon -- and the Angels lost to the Rangers in a doubleheader nightcap -- the Orioles clinched their first postseason berth since 1997.

Coupled with the Yankees' win in Toronto, the Orioles remain tied atop the American League East with three games to play.

While it would have been nice to celebrate on their home turf -- had the Angels lost the first game of their doubleheader -- the Orioles were hardly disappointed in the day's outcome.

"You're in, you're in," center fielder Adam Jones said of clinching a playoff spot. "I don't care, nobody cares. We are going to party somewhere."

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

Orioles (Chen, 12-10) at Rays (Cobb, 10-9), 7:10 p.m. Preview >

Red Sox (Buchholz, 11-7) at Yankees (Sabathia, 14-6), 7:05 p.m. 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

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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