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A Wild Ending
A Wild Ending
Christopher Cushna | 09/30/13 | 6:05 PM EDT 0 Comments
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Rays and Rangers set to play game 163.

How the mighty have fallen. One month ago, the Rangers were battling the A's for the West lead. The Rays and the Red Sox were challenging in the East. Heading into the end of the season, both the Rays and the Rangers had lost their chances to win the division. 

Still, their playoff hopes were alive and well with just two weeks left. It was a crowded wild-card race. 16 times were within four games of the playoffs. But the Indians had the easiest schedule among the contenders. And they went on a winning streak that secured them the top wild-card spot.

While the other three teams in contention fell by the wayside, the Rangers and Rays ended the season in a tie. Now it's time for game 163.

There have been a few single-game playoffs in recent years. In 2007, the Rockies beat the Padres in game 163 on their way to the World Series. The White Sox beat the Twins in 2008 in an extra game. The Twins turned the tables by beating the Tigers in 2009 by playing a bonus game.

In 2012, major-league baseball added an extra game to determine the wildcard winner. This year, there will be an extra game to decide who plays in the extra game. For those who like single elimination baseball, it must be Heaven.
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