Texas is tied with Detroit for the second seed -- both are 91-66 -- and each team has five games remaining. Because the Tigers went 6-3 against the Rangers during the regular season, they hold the tiebreaker, meaning the Rangers must finish with one more win than the Tigers to gain home-field advantage as the second seed.
The Yankees have all but clinched the No. 1 seed, giving them home-field advantage until the World Series.
Playoff rules prohibit teams from playing their division rivals in the Division Series. With the Red Sox leading the Rays in the Wild Card - both teams from the AL East -- it seems likely that the Bronx Bombers will have to play the third seed.If the Angels, who are 3 1/2 games back of the Red Sox and one back of the Rays, manage to win the Wild Card, then the Yankees would play them, and the Rangers would be playing the Tigers, with home field being decided by whoever finishes with the second seed. If the Rangers finish with the third seed and an AL East team wins the Wild Card, Texas would have a rematch of last season's AL Championship Series against the Yankees. For the season, the Rangers are 2-7 against the Yankees, 6-4 against the Red Sox and 5-4 against the Rays.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less