Keeping an eye on A's potential playoff matchups

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Keeping an eye on A's potential playoff matchups
September 23, 2013, 3:00 pm
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If the postseason began today, the A’s would play the Tigers and have home-field advantage. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: A’s-Angels coverage kicks off tonight at 6:30 p.m. with A’s Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California   

 ANAHEIM – The A’s have clinched their division, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the teams they’re battling for home-field advantage in the playoffs.

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Oakland (93-63) trails Boston by 1 ½ games for the top seed in the American League bracket. The A’s lead Detroit by two games for the No. 2 seed. If the postseason began today, the A’s would play the Tigers and have home-field advantage in a best-of-five Divisional Series. The Red Sox would play the winner of the do-or-die wild card matchup (Cleveland and Tampa Bay currently hold the two wild card spots).

Boston finishes the regular season with two games at Colorado (71-86) and three games at Baltimore (81-74). Detroit plays three at Minnesota (65-90) and three at Miami (57-99).

The A’s begin a three-game series tonight in Anaheim against the Angels, who have been playing better baseball than their 76-79 record would suggest. Oakland wraps up the regular season with three at Seattle (68-88).

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