Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers need tiebreaker

James Loney (left), Matt Joyce (center), and Sam Fuld celebrate the Rays’ victory.
James Loney (left), Matt Joyce (center), and Sam Fuld celebrate the Rays’ victory.frank gunn/associated press/the canadian press

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are pushing this regular season to game No. 163.

On Sunday, Tampa Bay and Texas both won and wound up even, forcing a tiebreaker for the second American League wild-card spot.

The Rays will play at Texas on Monday night, with the winner visiting Cleveland on Wednesday night in another all-or-nothing matchup.

Rangers rookie Martin Perez starts against reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price. Texas gets a boost, too — All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz will be active after his 50-game penalty from the Biogenesis drug scandal.

It will be baseball’s first tiebreaker — officially, this is a regular-season game and the stats count — since Minnesota beat Detroit, 6-5, in 12 innings for the 2009 AL Central title.

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