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Breaking Down the American League Playoff Picture with 3 Days to Go
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Will the Baltimore Orioles win their first AL East title in 15 years?

There are just three days left in the 2012 Major League Baseball season, and the American League is still littered with question marks (Gotham police suspect The Riddler).

All we know is this: Thanks to their victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night, the Texas Rangers are in the playoffs. So are the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees.

We just don't know how these three teams are going to get into the playoffs. For that matter, we don't know how anybody is getting into the playoffs on the American League side of the fence. The Rangers, O's and Yanks have locked up playoff spots, but all three AL divisions and both wild-card spots are still technically up for grabs.

So yeah, much must still be decided in the Junior Circuit. In case you need one (and you do), ahead of you is a helpful rundown of the various scenarios that could unfold over the next three days.

Fair warning: Total chaos was averted with the Rangers' latest beating of the Angels, but this stuff is still fairly confusing. If you have one, put on your thinking cap...

...Now.

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