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The Major League Baseball playoff picture has been settled…with eight teams in each league making the postseason and beginning play this week in three-game Wild Card series.

In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays won the Eastern Division, the Minnesota Twins won the Central, and the Oakland Athletics winning the West.  The AL Wild Card teams:  the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, and the Houston Astros.

In the National League, the Atlanta Braves won the East, the Chicago Cubs won the Central, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the West.  The NL Wild Card teams:  the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres.

The AL Wild Card Series begins tomorrow with the Astros playing the Twins, the White Sox playing the Athletics, the Blue Jays playing Rays, and the Yankees playing the Indians.

And then, remarkably enough, on Wednesday all those teams will play again in the second games of those best-of-three series, as all the National League teams play their first Wild Card games on the same day:  the Reds against the Braves, the Marlin against the Cubs, the Cardinals against the Padres and the Brewers against the Dodgers.


In Week Three of the National Football League…

49ers  36, Giants 9

Washington 20, Browns 34

Bengals  23, Eagles 23

Raiders 20, Patriots 36

Bears 30, Falcons 26

Rams 32, Bills 35

Texans 21, Steelers 28

Titans 31, Vikings 30

Panthers 21, Chargers 16

Jets 7, Colts 36

Cowboys 31, Seahawks 38

Lions 26, Cardinals 23

Buccaneers 28, Broncos 10

Packers 37, Saints 30