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09/12/08 6:15 PM ET

Cards win split decision in coin flip

St. Louis will either host Milwaukee or Houston, or play in Philly

PITTSBURGH -- Major League Baseball conducted a series of coin tosses on Friday to determine the sites for various potential two-team tiebreakers that would affect the 2008 postseason.

Teams that are within 5 1/2 games of a postseason berth were included, so the Cardinals, who are 4 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the National League Wild Card race, were among the eight NL teams involved.

Additional coin tosses will be held if they become necessary over the rest of the regular season.


Playoff for AL East
Tampa Bay at Boston

Playoff for AL Central
Minnesota at Chicago

Playoff for AL Wild Card
Minnesota at Boston


Playoff for NL East
New York at Philadelphia

Playoff for NL Central
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee

Playoff for NL West
Arizona at Los Angeles

Playoff for NL Wild Card
Milwaukee at Philadelphia
Milwaukee at Houston
Milwaukee at New York
Milwaukee at St. Louis
Houston at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Philadelphia
Houston at St. Louis

In St. Louis' case, the Cardinals would host the Brewers and Astros at Busch Stadium in a potential one-game tiebreaker to determine the NL Wild Card if the Cardinals end the regular season tied with either of those teams. But if the Cardinals tie the Phillies for the Wild Card, they would play in Philadelphia for a one-game tiebreaker.

If two teams from the same division are tied but both are assured of participating in the postseason, then the first tiebreaker to determine which team is the division champion and which team is the Wild Card would be their season-series record. The second tiebreaker is the divisional record.

Todd Krise is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.