Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria agreed that one game makes things difficult. Yet after the Rays were eliminated in the final days, he'd gladly trade places with Texas or Baltimore.
‘‘I'd take their situation over ours any day. They’re in the postseason,’’ he said.
Slugger Adam Dunn would like the chance for one more swing, too, after his White Sox were overtaken by Detroit in the AL Central. Still, one game is rugged for anyone.
‘‘I can see from a fan’s perspective, but from a player’s perspective I can’t imagine liking it,’’ Dunn said. ‘‘I don’t like it. I don’t think it’s fair.’’
No matter, it’s a new era in baseball. Oakland general manager Billy Beane can accept that, and sees all sides to the fresh playoff format.
‘‘Yeah, listen, it’s great and it’s terrible all in the same sentence,’’ he said.
AP Sports Writers Paul Newberry, Howard Fendrich, Stephen Hawkins, Janie McCauley, Steven Wine and Fred Goodall, and AP freelance writers Mark Didtler, Chuck Murr, Ian Harrison and Steve Herrick contributed to this report.