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September 27, 2013

MLB announces potential tiebreak scenarios in AL wild card

MLB has announced how a potential three-way tiebreaker would be settled should the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays all finish with the same record.

Right now, the Rangers are on the outside looking in. Texas trails Cleveland by one game for the second wild card, and are two games back of Tampa for the top spot with three to play.

Still, there's a chance all three end the season with the same record. In that scenario, MLB said:

Cleveland would host Tampa Bay to determine one of the wild cards on Monday; the loser of that game would then play at Texas on Tuesday to determine the second wild card.

The two winners would be re-seeded for the wild card game on Wednesday based on season series. Therefore, the Rangers would host the Rays after going 4-3 against them this season, and would be at Cleveland after going 1-5 against them.

* If two teams tie for the second wild card, home-field would be determined by the season series and played on Monday. Texas would host Tampa Bay, and be at Cleveland should that scenario unfold. The winner would then travel to the No. 1 wild card destination for a game Wednesday.

-- Drew Davison

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