With 6 weeks or so left in the "season" things are beginning to shake out in the American League: The first two in each division plus the next two make the playoff's so as of the end of the day yesterday the Yankees and Rays lead in the East with Boston and Toronto almost out of it, but the Orioles holding the best 3rd place slot. In the Central Twins and Indians are ruling with the White Sox fighting for the second third-place slot. Which brings us to the West. The A's are trying to run-off with the division with the Astros and Texas fighting for second and the second third-place slot. The Angels and Mariners appear to be non-factors (like most recent years). Texas and Houston play each other seven times between 15 September and the end of the season (27 September). In all likelihood that stretch will determine the 2nd automatic team, but hand the second third-place slot to the Tigers or White Sox.