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Although the division is still not clinched, playoff-related questions are starting to come up:

Chicago -- Manager Eric Wedge isn't sure why the team with the best record in the AL will be allowed to pick when it starts its best-of-five division series.

"I'm not sure what to think of it," said Wedge. "I don't know what advantage there is to it. It's just the way they're doing it this year."

The major difference in the two series is the amount of off-days. Series A starts the Thursday after the regular season ends, and has two off-days, one after Game 2, the other after Game 4. Series B starts the Wednesday after the regular season ends, and has three off-days, with the extra one coming between Games 1 and 2. Assuming the Indians go with just three starters in the ALDS, here's how they would they would fit in to each schedule:

Series A

10-3: Off
10-4: Game 1 (Sabathia)
10-5: Game 2 (Carmona)
10-6: Off
10-7: Game 3 (Westbrook)
10-8: Game 4 (Sabathia) - 3 days rest
10-9: Off
10-10: Game 5 (Carmona) - 4 days rest

Series B

10-3: Game 1 (Sabathia)
10-4: Off
10-5: Game 2 (Carmona)
10-6: Off
10-7: Game 3 (Westbrook)
10-8: Game 4 (Sabathia) - 4 days rest
10-9: Off
10-10: Game 5 (Carmona) - 4 days rest

As you can see, the major advantage of Series B is that you'd have both Sabathia and Carmona pitching on regular rest if the series goes 5 games. If the Indians make the playoffs and get placed in Series A, they'd have a decision to make: go with four starters so that Sabathia would be pitching Game 5 on four days rest, or pitch Sabathia on 3 days rest so that both he and Carmona would make two starts in the series? If there's not that much difference between your second and fourth starter, then this would be an easy decision to make, but the difference between Fausto Carmona and Paul Byrd is large enough to put the decision in play. A rotation like Boston's, with little difference between starter #2 and #4, would fit well into either scenario, and would probably choose not to advantage their team, but to disadvantage their opponents.

The team with the best record in the AL gets to pick which schedule to play in, and Boston would have that choice if the season ended today. And they'd be playing the Indians.