N.L. wild card play-in Oct.

Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB’s playoff teams for 2013
The 2012 season saw the first change to the playoff format since 1994, as Major League Baseball expanded its playoffs to 10 teams by adding a second wild-card team from each league. NLDS
Oct. 3-9

A.L. wild card play-in Oct. 2
*Tampa Bay Rays Cleveland Indians

1 Seeds
Oct. 11-19


Oct. 4-10

4 1 3 2

Reds or Pirates St. Louis Cardinals Los Angeles Dodgers Atlanta Braves

Oct. 12-20

4 1 3

Indians or Rays Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers Oakland Athletics

• St. Louis went 19-8 in September to clinch the tight N.L. Central and claim the top N.L. seed, one game better than the Braves

Oct. 23-31


• Boston, finishing at 97-65, won the A.L. East by 6 games, a huge turnaround from 2012, when the Red Sox finished last in the division at 69-93

Changes from pre-2012 format Two wild-card teams in each league; determined by top two records among non-division winners; one-game playoff winners advance Division winner with best record plays wild-card game winner in five-game series, even if from the same division; 2-2-1 format**
Source: Major League Baseball © 2013 MCT

* Rays, Texas Rangers finished with identical 91-71 records, so they played a tiebreaker game Sept. 30; Rays won, 5-2, will play in wild-card play-in game Oct. 2 **In 2012, a 2-3 game format was used because television schedules had been set before the second wild-card rule had been adopted; this year format returns to 2-2-1, with wild-card teams on the road first

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