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Questions surround potential tiebreaker

Potential tiebreaker prompts questions

DETROIT -- The Twins currently sit two games back of the Tigers with five games left to play in the season, including two more head-to-head matchups -- after a 3-2, 10-inning win in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader and a 6-5 loss in the nightcap -- so there is a growing possibility that the two teams could end up tied atop the American League Central.

The Twins have already won the season series against the Tigers, meaning that they would host the one-game tiebreaker at the Metrodome.

The National Football League has already said that it would not relocate the Vikings-Packers contest scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5, at the Metrodome to accommodate a potential AL Central tiebreaker. Major League Baseball typically prefers to have tiebreakers on the first day after the regular season ends.

So the question becomes, when would a one-game tiebreaker between the two clubs take place?

The most likely scenario is that the Twins would host the game at the Metrodome on Tuesday, Oct. 6, but a decision has not yet been made.

"The Twins have not received any official word from MLB," Twins president Dave St. Peter said Tuesday. "I would expect we will in the next 24 hours. We will keep you posted."

A tiebreaker on Tuesday could add to more postseason drama, since the Division Series could begin on Wednesday, meaning the AL Central winner might have to begin the ALDS without an off-day. The Yankees are guaranteed to finish with the best record in the AL, so they will pick which day the ALDS starts -- Wednesday or Thursday. There have been reports that the Yankees would prefer to begin on Wednesday.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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