Playoff push report
A quick look at the races, with three weeks left:
* EASTERN VIEW: The Rays have the toughest schedule of the AL East contenders this week, but also the most control, playing three games at the Orioles and three at the Yankees. While the Rays are in Baltimore, the Yankees, who just found out they will be without 1B Mark Teixeira for 10-14 days, are in Boston. And when the Rays go to New York, the Orioles head out to Oakland, then go to Seattle and Boston.
* GETTING WILDER: The wild-card leading A's just started a treacherous 17-game stretch that could definitely make or break their season, playing at the Angels, going home for 3 games with the O's, then heading out to play the Tigers, Yankees and Rangers on the road. The Angels are playing the A's and then the Royals. The Tigers are playing the Central-leading White Sox and then the Indians.
* ODDS ON: Coolstandings.com, which uses computer simulations to play out the remaining schedule 1-million times, seems to like the Rays chances. Here are the sites playoff chances for the contending teams going into play today:
*White Sox 80.2
* division leader