Rangers, Rays head to one-game playoff

Rangers, Rays head to one-game playoff
September 29, 2013, 4:45 pm
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In the words of Don Orsillo, it's extra baseball for the Rangers and Rays.

Tampa Bay salvaged the final game of its weekend series in Toronto -- barely -- by hanging on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, despite nearly blowing a 7-0 lead. (AP) Texas, meanwhile, broke a 2-2 tie with single runs in the sixth and seventh and two in the eighth, and went on to a 6-2 victory over the Angels in Arlington. (AP)

So that means the Rays and Rangers finished tied for the second American League wild-card position, and they'll have a special playoff game Monday in Texas -- 7 p.m. Eastern time -- to determine who moves on to the A.L. play-in game.

That game will be played Wednesday in Cleveland because the Indians beat the Twins, 5-1, (AP) and finished one game ahead of Texas and Tampa Bay. Cleveland, incidentally, closed the season with a 10-game winning streak.

And the winner of that game comes to Boston for the opening two games of the American League Division Series on Friday and Saturday. The other ALDS matchup is A's-Tigers, which opens in Oakland on Friday.

The only other piece of unfinished business Sunday was who would finish with the best record in the National League -- and thus get home-field advantage throughout the N.L. playoffs -- and the Cardinals took care of that with a 4-0 victory over the Cubs. (AP) Atlanta finished second and will host the Dodgers in the first two games on the NLDS on Thursday and Friday. The Cards will host the winner of the N.L. play-in game between the Pirates and Reds, which will be played in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.