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White Sox Path to the Postseason: Sept. 16, 2012

MIN View Full Game Coverage NEAPOLIS -- The White Sox maintained their one-game lead atop the American League Central on Saturday, as they nabbed a 5-3 win over the Twins.

Francisco Liriano looked every bit as good as the pitcher the White Sox hoped they were getting when they traded for him in July. The left-hander held his former club to two runs on one hit over seven innings, striking out nine.

"We're playing pretty good baseball," he said. "We've been pretty focused. We just have to keep playing like that. Anything can happen in baseball, so we just have to play like that until the end."

Chicago's starting rotation continues to cruise as it prepares for Sunday's series finale against Minnesota before playing its makeup game against the Tigers on Monday. White Sox starters own a 2.19 ERA with 49 strikeouts over 41 innings in the team's last seven games.

Detroit's fourth straight victory, a 5-3 win over the Indians in Cleveland, kept both contenders on track heading for Monday's makeup game at U.S. Cellular Field.

Sunday's key games to watch

White Sox (Peavy, 10-11) at Twins (Diamond, 11-7), 1:10 p.m. CT Preview >

Tigers (Porcello, 9-12) at Indians (Jimenez, 9-16) 2:05 p.m. CT Preview >

If the postseason started today ...

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

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 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.

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

Chicago White Sox, Francisco Liriano