09/28/12 12:10 AM ET
Yankees' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 28, 2012
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Swisher and the Yankees have six more games to hold off the Orioles for first place in the American League East, with New York entering play on Friday with a one-game advantage over Baltimore.
"It's still one game. That's big," Swisher said after New York's 6-0 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday. "Tonight wasn't our night. We'll go home, get some good sleep and turn it around tomorrow."
The Yankees' magic number to secure a playoff spot is three, with the magic number to win the AL East at six. This should be familiar territory for the Yankees; after all, the clubs haven't been separated by two or more games in the division race since Sept. 2.
"We've been playing playoff-type games since September first, so nothing's really changed," Alex Rodriguez said.
Friday's key games to watch (all times ET)
Yankees (Kuroda, 14-11) at Blue Jays (Jenkins, 0-2), 7:07 p.m. Preview >
Red Sox (Cook, 4-10) at Orioles (Tillman, 8-2), 7:05 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.
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