Times set for wild-card playoff games

Updated: September 28, 2011, 9:32 AM ET
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NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball has set the times for potential wild-card tiebreaker games with both races coming down to the wire.

Any one-game playoffs would be played Thursday. First pitch for the American League tiebreaker between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. The Cardinals and Atlanta Braves would start at 8:07 p.m. in St. Louis.

Times would not change if only one game is needed.

The AL wild-card winner will then play Game 1 of the division series Friday night in the early slot, 5:07 p.m. The New York Yankees will host the late game, starting at 8:37 p.m.

The Red Sox and Rays both won Tuesday night to maintain a tie atop the AL wild-card standing. Meanwhile, in the NL, the Braves' fourth straight loss and a Cardinals victory meant both races were all even entering the season's final day.

Any one-game playoffs and division series games will be on TBS.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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