MINNEAPOLIS -- If the Indians have it their way, a tiebreaker game will not be necessary in their quest to reach the American League Wild Card Game. Just in case, though, Cleveland is making plans for that scenario.
On Saturday, the Indians announced that tickets for a potential AL tiebreaker game on Monday at Progressive Field are now on sale at Indians.com/Tiebreaker The game would only be held if the Tribe finishes the 162-game schedule in a tie with Texas and Tampa Bay in the Wild Card race.
There is only one scenario that could lead to a tiebreaker game being held in Cleveland.
With a 5-1 win over the Twins on Saturday, the Indians now have a one-game lead over the Rangers and Rays for the top AL Wild Card spot. If Cleveland loses on Sunday, and both Tampa Bay and Texas win, there would be a three-way tie that would initiate a two-day playoff situation leading up to Wednesday's Wild Card game.
If that were the case, Cleveland would host Tampa Bay on Monday for the top Wild Card seed and the loser of that contest would head to Texas for a second play-in game. The winner of that tilt would then advance to the AL Wild Card game on Wednesday.
Indians' full season and partial season-ticket holders who already purchased postseason ticket strips can manage their tickets for the tiebreaker through Fan Pass. The tickets can then be printed or received digitally. The Indians also noted that season-ticket holders have printed books can use the tickets labeled "Tiebreaker 1."
Partial season-ticket holders who have not already purchased postseason trips must buy single-game tickets in order to attend a potential tiebreaker game.
Fans without season-tickets can buy tickets for the possible tiebreaker game at Indians.com. Beginning Monday morning, depending on availability, remaining tickets will be available in person at the Progressive Field box office and at all Indians Team Shops.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.