Playoff outlook: Magic number remains at 3
* The A's beat the Seattle Mariners at home Friday night, closing within three games of the Rangers in the AL West. But of greater importance to them, they didn't allow anyone behind them to gain a game on the wild card. The Angels' victory keeps them two behind and the Tampa Bay Rays' loss to the Chicago White Sox drops them to three back.
* The AL Central continues to get interesting. The White Sox beat the Rays and the Detroit Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins. That means Detroit is just one game up on the White Sox with five games to play. The winner of that division plays the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, which could still be a gaggle of teams, including the Rangers, Yankees or Orioles.
* The race for the top seed in the AL is on. The Yankees' victory in Toronto moves them one game behind Texas for the best record in the AL. Baltimore is two behind after their win. The No. 1 seed would play the wild-card winner and start Sunday, Oct. 7. Should the Rangers drop to the No. 2 seed, they would start on the road at either Detroit or Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 6.
* The games are staggered Saturday, which should make for some interesting scoreboard watching. The games of note besides Rangers-Angels: New York at Toronto (12:07 p.m.), Rays at White Sox (3:05 p.m.), Tigers at Twins (3:05 p.m.), Mariners at Athletics (3:05 p.m.) and Red Sox at Orioles (6:05 p.m.).
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