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Tampa Bay Rays: A closer look at playoff push starting tonight with key series vs. Boston Red Sox

Fun with math

The Rays are 78-49, so if they …

• Stay on the current pace, they'll go 21-14 and finish 99-63.

• Do win 99, the Red Sox must go 27-7, and the White Sox 31-4, to surpass them.

• Go 18-17, the Red Sox have to go 24-10, and the White Sox 28-7, to surpass them.

AL wild-card standings

Team W-L Pct. GB

Yankees/Rays 78-49 .614—

Red Sox 73-55 .570 5.5

White Sox 69-58 .543 9

Blue Jays 66-61 .524 12

'Red' number

30 Combination of Rays wins-Red Sox losses needed to ensure that the Rays finish ahead of Boston.

Key series

Red Sox at Rays, tonight- Sunday

Rays at Red Sox, Sept. 6-8

Yankees at Rays, Sept. 13-15

Rays at Yankees, Sept. 20-23

Red Sox at Yankees, Sept. 24-26

Yankees at Red Sox, Oct. 1-3

Head-to-head thus far

Rays vs. Yankees 6-5

Rays vs. Red Sox 8-4

Yankees vs. Red Sox 7-5

What's left

RAYS (35 games)

Home (18): Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 3, Yankees 3, Angels 3, Mariners 3, Orioles 3

Road (17): Orioles 3, Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 3, Yankees 4, Royals 4

Games vs. teams over .500: 19

Heads-up: 7 in 11 days vs. Yankees; last 10 vs. Mariners, Orioles, Royals

YANKEES (35 games)

Home (17): A's 4, Blue Jays 3, Orioles 3, Rays 4, Red Sox 3

Road (18): White Sox 3, Rangers 3, Rays 3, Orioles 3, Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 3

Games vs. teams over .500: 29

Heads-up: 7 straight vs. Rays and Red Sox; 6 of last 9 vs. Sox

RED SOX (34 games)

Home (15): White Sox 3, Rays 3, Blue Jays 3, Orioles 3, Yankees 3

Road (19): Rays 3, Orioles 3, A's 3, Mariners 3, Yankees 3, White Sox 4

Games vs. teams above .500: 25

Heads up: West Coast trip; 6 of last 9 vs. Yankees

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: A closer look at playoff push starting tonight with key series vs. Boston Red Sox 08/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:50am]
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