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POSTED: September 27, 2011 9:29 a.m.

NEW YORK - The Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals would be home if tiebreaker games are needed to decide wild-card berths in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over the Yankees and Boston's 6-3 loss at Baltimore moved the Rays into an AL wild-card tie with Boston with two games to go. Tampa Bay won the season series with Boston 12-6, giving it the right to host a Thursday tiebreaker if the teams finish 162 games with identical records.

The Los Angeles Angels were eliminated from the AL wild-card race when they lost 4-3 to Texas.

In the NL, St. Louis would host Atlanta in a tiebreaker on Thursday because the Cardinals won the season series 5-1. Atlanta and St. Louis both lost Monday, leaving the Braves ahead by one game with two games left.

 

 

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