The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are pushing this regular season to game No. 163.
On Sunday, Tampa Bay and Texas both won and wound up even, forcing a tiebreaker for the second American League wild-card spot.
The Rays will play at Texas on Monday night, with the winner visiting Cleveland on Wednesday night in another all-or-nothing matchup.
Rangers rookie Martin Perez starts against reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price. Texas gets a boost, too — All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz will be active after his 50-game penalty from the Biogenesis drug scandal.
It will be baseball’s first tiebreaker — officially, this is a regular-season game and the stats count — since Minnesota beat Detroit, 6-5, in 12 innings for the 2009 AL Central title. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.