Pirates to host NL wild card; 3-team AL tie looms

Sept. 28, 2013 The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to host the first playoff game at PNC Park.

Pittsburgh native Neil Walker homered twice and the Pirates beat Cincinnati 8-3 on Saturday to win the top spot in the NL wild-card race.

The Pirates will host the Reds on Tuesday night, with the winner advancing to the division series. Francisco Liriano (16-8) is scheduled to pitch for Pittsburgh against Johnny Cueto (5-2).

The AL wild-card chase is much more scrambled. Cleveland leads by one game over both Tampa Bay and Texas, and it's possible there could be a three-way tie for the two spots after the teams play Sunday on the last scheduled day of the regular season.

The wild-card winner will open the AL playoffs at Boston. Detroit starts at Oakland in the other best-of-five division series.

The NL pairings aren't set yet, but St. Louis and Atlanta will open at home.


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