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Yankees clinch AL home-field advantage

9/25/2011

The Yankees clinched the American League's home-field advantage through the ALCS when Detroit lost 6-5 to Baltimore.

Here's how it breaks down:

• The Yankees, who routed Boston on Saturday, are 96-61.

• The Tigers are 91-67 with only four games left. The best they can do is finish with 95 wins, one shy of the Yankees' current total.

• The Rangers, who beat Seattle on Saturday, are 92-66 with four games left. They could match the Yankees' win total if they win out and New York loses its five remaining games. But New York would still clinch by virtue of winning its season series with Texas, 7-2.

New York could conceivably catch Philadelphia (98-60, currently mired in an eight-game losing streak) for the best record in the majors … but it wouldn't matter. The National League won the All-Star Game, securing home-field advantage in the World Series for the NL champion.