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Orioles' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 26, 2012

Orioles' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 26, 2012

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles suffered their ninth shutout of the season, losing their second consecutive game to the Blue Jays, 4-0, on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Despite winning seven of their past 10 games, the Orioles still trail the first-place Yankees by 1 1/2 games in the American League East. Baltimore remains in first place in the race for the two AL Wild Card spots.

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"They understand where they're at and most importantly, they understand how they got here. And they'll continue with that," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

"With the games as they dwindle, our guys don't really have a different approach and I think that's a good thing. They know what's at stake and I'm very proud of what they've done to get to the point where that question could be asked."

Wednesday's key games to watch (all times ET)

Blue Jays (Villanueva, 7-6) at Orioles (Gonzalez, 7-4), 7:05 p.m. Preview >

Yankees (Sabathia, 13-6) at Twins (Deduno, 6-5), 1:10 p.m. Preview >

A's (Parker, 11-8) at Rangers (Perez, 1-2), 8:05 p.m. Preview >

Mariners (Hernandez, 13-8) at Angels (Wilson, 12-10), 10:05 p.m. Preview >

If the postseason started today ...

This is how the teams would match up:  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.

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.

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

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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