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Red Sox playoff watch

Every day between now and the end of the regular season, we'll check in on where things stand in the playoff race.

Red Sox record: 92-59.

Games left: 11

Lead in AL East: 9 games over Tampa Bay (81-67)

Magic number to win division: 4

What does magic number mean? If Tampa Bay wins all 13 of its remaining games, Boston would have to win 4 to win the division.

How to calculate magic number: You calculate your magic number by looking at the number of games remaining in the season and assuming that your nearest competitor will win all of their remaining games. Then you see how many games you still need to win to ensure the division title even with your nearest competitor winning all of their remaining games.

Overall ranking in league (important for determining home field in playoffs): First, 3» games ahead of Oakland, 4½ games ahead of Detroit.

If season ended today, teams in playoffs: Sox, Tigers, Athletics, Rangers, Rays.

What about the Yankees? The Yankees were outscored 22-7 in losing three straight to the Sox this weekend. "We stunk here," manager Joe Girardi said. "We didn't play well here. We've got an option; we can continue to stink or play better. If we play better, we have a shot." The Yankees have a dozen games left. Nine of them are against teams 12 or more games under .500: the Blue Jays, Giants and Astros. The last three games of the season are against the Astros, who have 98 losses. The other three are next week against the Rays at Yankee Stadium, giving the Yanks a head-to-head chance to catch one of the teams ahead of them.

Who’s hot?: An hour before Sunday's game, Oakland emergency starter Tommy Milone learned he would be pitching; Jarrod Parker, who had not lost since May 22, had a bad stomach. No matter. Milone beat the Rangers, 5-1, completing a three-game sweep in Arlington and giving the Athletics five straight wins and 16 wins in their last 20 games.

Who’s not?: The Rangers lost all six games of their homestand and failed to hit a home run, the longest homer-less stretch since the Ballpark in Arlington opened in 1994. They were averaging 3.2 runs over their past 14 games entering Monday, which includes 11 losses. “We are pretty much doing the complete opposite of everything we did in August,” former Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan told the Dallas Morning News. “We’re not getting on base. We’re not moving runners. And we’re not getting hits with runners in scoring position. When you aren’t scoring runs, there are a lot of things you are not doing well." The Rangers lost Monday as well to the Rays.

Red Sox latest outcome: Beat the Yankees, 9-2, on Sunday.

Rays latest outcome: Beat the Rangers, 6-2, on Monday.

Notable: The Indians had to wait through 4 hours and 23 minutes of rain delays, but Sunday completed a four-game sweep of the White Sox, their third four-game sweep of Chicago this season, something no team has done to an opponent since the Dodgers swept three four-game sets against the Mets in 1963. They did it by beating erstwhile Cy Young candidate Chris Sale for the fourth time. Against the rest of baseball, the White Sox left-hander is 11-9 with a 2.37 ERA. Against the Indians, he is 0-4 with an 8.61 ERA.

Playoff format: AL wild-card play-in game on Wednesday, Oct. 2. AL best-of-five division series begins Friday, Oct. 4.