Twins-Tigers would meet Tuesday

Updated: October 3, 2009, 10:15 PM ET
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If the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers tie for the American League Central title, they'll have to wait until Tuesday to decide who gets a playoff berth, thanks to Monday night's Vikings-Packers NFL game at the Metrodome.

And that could force the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to wait until late Tuesday night to know when their AL Division Series showdown will start.

And the team that controls the fate of the Red Sox and Angels schedule?

The New York Yankees.

The Yankees, by virtue of having the American League's best record, can decide when they want to start the Division Series. One AL series will begin on Wednesday and the other starts on Thursday. Both series will play Game 2 on Friday. The Yankees, however, can wait until an hour after the last out of the final regular-season game to make their final decision.

And a one-game winner-take-all game between the Twins and Tigers would be considered a regular-season game -- which also factors into why the game will be played on Tuesday (the Twins confirmed the date on Saturday). The Vikings hold primary tenant rights in the Metrodome, and because the Tigers-Twins game would be considered the 163rd game of the regular season (instead of the first game of the postseason), they own Monday's date. The potential baseball game was pushed to Tuesday.

That means the Red Sox and Angels could work out Tuesday at Angels Stadium and not know whether they'll be playing on Wednesday or Thursday.

The Twins and Tigers enter Sunday's action tied for the American League Central lead. Detroit hosts Chicago, while Minnesota entertains Kansas City.

Information from ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney and ESPN's Pedro Gomez is included in this report.

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