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There are four teams from each league that make the playoffs; the three division winners anda fourthteam that hasthe best recordbut does not win their division. This fourth team is called the 'wildcard' team.In most cases, the division winner with the best overall season record plays the wildcard team and the other two division winners play each other. But, in the case where the wildcard team and thedivision winnerwith the best overall record come from the same division, thedivision winnerwith the second overall best record plays the wildcard team and thedivision winnerwith the best overall record plays the division winner with the third best overall record. Confusing? Kinda, and kinda not really fair either, but MLB does not want two teams from the same division playing each other in the first round of the playoffs.

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