Sunday September 11, 2011 | 09:13 PM

Here are the facts: 

AL East
New York 88-57
Boston 85-61 (3.5 back)
Tampa Bay 81-64 (7)

Wild Card
Boston 85-61
Tampa Bay 81-64 (3.5 back)
LA Angels 80-66 (5)

New York's magic number to clinch the division: 14.

Boston's magic number to clinch the wild card: 14.

Boston is off Monday. The Yankees (at Seattle) and Rays (at Baltimore) play, so New York's lead could stretch to 4 games, while Tampa Bay could close to within 3.

Remaining Games:
NEW YORK (17): At Seattle (3), at Toronto (3), Minnesota (1), Tampa Bay (4), Boston (3), at Tampa Bay (3).

BOSTON (16): Toronto (2), Tampa Bay (4), Baltimore (4), at New York (3), at Baltimore (3).

TAMPA BAY (17): At Baltimore (3), at Boston (4), at New York (4), Toronto (3), New York (3).

The playoff seeds at the moment:
1. New York 87-57
2. Detroit 83-62
3. Texas 82-64
4. Boston (wild card)

The only other interesting note is that while Texas is trying to get the No. 2 seed (and home-field advantage in the first round), the Rangers are also trying to fight off the Angels, now 2.5 games back.


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