published Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Major League Baseball expands playoff format from eight teams to 10

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is expanding its playoff format to 10 teams.

MLB announced the move Friday, adding two clubs to the postseason format.

A second wild-card team now will be included in each league. There then will be a one-game playoff to decide which team advances.

Commissioner Bud Selig says the change “increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year.”

This is the first change in baseball’s playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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