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10/06/09 10:22 PM EST

Twins latest to take advantage of home field

Home teams win three consecutive tiebreakers

Year Matchup Winner's result
1948 CLE at BOS Won WS
1978 NYY at BOS Won WS
1980 HOU at LA Lost NLCS
1995 ANA at SEA Lost ALCS
1998 SF at CHC Lost NLDS
1999 NYM at CIN Lost NLCS
2007 SD at COL Lost WS
2008 MIN at CWS Lost ALDS
2009 DET at MIN
Tiebreaker winner in bold.

With the Twins' thrilling 6-5 victory Tuesday, it marked the third consecutive season the home team in a one-game tiebreaker advanced to the postseason.

Two years ago, the Rockies outlasted the Padres in an epic tiebreaker for the NL Wild Card and later won the NL pennant before being swept by the Red Sox in the World Series. Last season, the White Sox edged the Twins, but were eliminated by the Rays in the AL Division Series.

Overall, the team with home-field advantage has won five of Major League Baseball's nine play-in games. Of the prior four winners, only the Rockies advanced to the World Series.

Daniel Rivkin is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.