AL 3-way wild-card tie is big worry

Updated: September 22, 2011, 5:41 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

As the AL wild-card gap shrinks, baseball officials are sweating out the possibility of a three-way tie that could wreak havoc with next week's American League Division Series.

The Boston Red Sox hold a 2½-game lead over both the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels. And if all three wind up tied after 162 games, the options aren't good.

First, they would be looking at a three-team playoff over two days, with the Angels facing the possibility of ...

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