White Sox claim home-field advantage if AL Central comes to tiebreaker

Updated: September 12, 2008, 8:32 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Chicago White Sox won a coin flip with the Twins on Friday and would host Minnesota if the teams need to play a tiebreaker for the AL Central title.

The White Sox led Minnesota by one game, the tightest race in the majors.

Major League Baseball held a series of coin flips for teams that began the day within 5½ games of a playoff spot.

The Boston Red Sox would host Tampa Bay in a one-game tiebreaker for the AL East championship. Fenway Park also would be the site if Boston and Minnesota need to play for the AL wild card.

In the NL, Philadelphia would host the New York Mets for the East title, Los Angeles would host Arizona for the West crown and Milwaukee would host the Chicago Cubs in the Central.

If two teams from the same division finish in a tie, and both are guaranteed a playoff spot, they do not play. Instead, their head-to-head record determines which club is the division champion and which one is the wild card. The second tiebreaker is the best divisional record.

In flips for the NL wild-card tiebreaker:

•  Philadelphia would host Milwaukee.

•  Houston would host Milwaukee.

•  Philadelphia would host either Houston or St. Louis.

•  St. Louis would host either Milwaukee or Houston.


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