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Rays, Rangers to Compete for Final Spot in MLB Playoffs 2013

September 30, 2013 by Tim


While nearly the entire 2013 MLB playoff bracket is set following the conclusion of the original regular-season schedule, 162 games were not enough to decide the second American League Wild-Card slot. Check out our playoff primer below to read about the thrilling one-game playoff set to take place between the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers as well as information regarding the other nine teams in the running for a World Series title.

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AL Wild-Card Tiebreaker
Rangers vs Rays | Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas — Sept. 30
After ending in a dead heat through 162 games, the Rays and Rangers will square off in a one-game tiebreaker to determine which team will advance to take on the Cleveland Indians on Oct. 2. The Rays, who held a two-game advantage over the Rangers on Sept. 26, will head to Arlington to take on the Rangers, who ended the season on a seven-game winning streak to force the tie. Reigning Cy Young-winner David Price will take the mound for the Rays, while Martin Perez will be on the hill for Texas. The Rangers won the season series, 4-3, but anything can happen in an always thrilling one-game scenario.

AL Wild-Card Game
Rays/Rangers vs Indians | Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio — Oct. 2
No team in baseball is hotter than the Indians, who ran off 10 consecutive wins to close out the season and lock up the first AL Wild-Card slot. As a result of their hot streak, the Indians will have a few days to rest before hosting the one-game showdown in Cleveland.

NL Wild-Card Game
Reds vs Pirates | PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pa. — Oct. 1
The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates are plenty familiar with one another, having played 18 times this season in a very competitive NL Central race. The Reds faltered down the stretch, losing six of their final 10 games, but certainly have a chance to come away victorious in Pittsburgh, especially with Johnny Cueto getting the start on the mound.


AL Wild-Card Winner vs Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox will await the winner of the AL Wild-Card game after winning 97 games to lead the AL during the regular season. The extra time off should be beneficial, as star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury continues to heal from a foot injury.

Fenway Park, Boston, Mass. – (Game 1: Oct. 4; Game 2: Oct. 5; Game 5: Oct. 10)
TBD – (Game 3: Oct. 7; Game 4: Oct. 8)

Tigers vs Athletics
This will be a matchup of two teams with clearly contrasting personalities, as the Detroit Tigers, behind a roster full of high-profile players, will take on an Oakland Athletics team that is led by a cast of role players. Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. – (Game 1: Oct. 3; Game 2: Oct. 5; Game 5: Oct. 10)
Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich. – (Game 3: Oct. 7; Game 4: Oct. 8)


NL Wild-Card Winner vs Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious from the three-way battle in the NL Central, ultimately finishing three games ahead of the second-place Pirates.  The Cards will now enjoy a short break before taking on the divisional rival that advances from the NL Wild-Card game.

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo. – (Game 1: Oct. 3; Game 2: Oct. 4; Game 5: Oct. 9)
TBD – (Game 3: Oct. 6; Game 4: Oct. 7)

Braves vs Dodgers
To win the series, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have to steal a game at Turner Field, which will be a tough task considering the Atlanta Braves owned the best home record in the MLB during the regular season, with 56 wins against just 25 losses.

Turner Field, Atlanta, Ga. – (Game 1: Oct. 3; Game 2: Oct. 4; Game 5: Oct. 9)
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif. – (Game 3: Oct. 6; Game 4: Oct. 7)

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