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Minor League Ball Gameday 9/4/12; Postseason Edition

Regular season ended yesterday, and with today a universal off-day (for most) there aren't many games to focus on, so I'll post the post-season matchups and maybe start a league champion prediction thread instead.

AAA

International League: Two best of five series between Pawtucket (Boston) and Scranton/Wilkes Barre (Yankees) and Indianapolis (Pirates) and Charlotte (White Sox) begin tomorrow, followed by a five game league championship series which begins on September 11th.

Pacific Coast League: Same format as the IL, with Omaha (Royals) facing Albuquerque (Dodgers) and Sacramento (A's) and Reno (Dbacks).

Respective league winners will meet in a one game playoff on September 18th at 7 PM EST in Durham, NC which will be televised nationally on Versus.

AA

Eastern League: Two best of five series beginning on September 5th featuring Reading (Phillies) vs. Trenton (Yankees) and Bowie (Baltimore) and Akron (Cleveland), with a best of five championship series beginning on September 11th.

Southern League: Two best of five series beginning on September 6th, with Jackson (Seattle) facing Chattanooga (Dodgers) and Mobile (Dbacks) against Montgomery (Rays), with a best of five championship series commencing on September 12th.

Texas League: Two best of five series beginning on September 5th pitting Tulsa (Rockies) and Springfield (Cardinals) and Frisco (Rangers) and Corpus Christi (Astros), a best of five championship series starts on September 11th.

High A:

California League: The Cal League plays a split season format, with the two first half division winners receiving a first round bye. The second half winners (if different) meet the two wild card teams in a best of three series, with the winner moving on to face the first half winner in a best of five. The two winners of these series meet in a best of five league championship series.

During the regular season, Lancaster and Lake Elsinore finished in a tie for the Southern Division Wild Card, but because High Desert won both halves, there will be no playoff game for the final wild card spot.

The best of three first round series begin on September 5th, with San Jose (Giants) against Modesto (A's) and Lake Elsinore (Padres) vs. Lancaster (Astros). The San Jose/Modesto winner faces Bakersfield (Reds), and the winner of the other series takes on High Desert (Mariners). Both series begin on September 8th, with the two winners meeting in a best of five championship series starting on September 13th.

Carolina League: The two play-in series are best of three, and begin on September 5th, featuring Wilmington (Royals) vs. Lynchburg (Braves) and Winston-Salem (White Sox) vs. Myrtle Beach (Rangers). Best of five championship series begins on September 8th.

Florida State League: The FSL follows the same playoff format as the Carolina, with Lakeland (Tigers) meeting Dunedin (Blue Jays) and Jupiter (Marlins) taking on St. Lucie (Mets) beginning today. Best of five championship series begins on September 7th.

Low A:

Midwest League: The Midwest League features a split season playoff format, set up so the respective Eastern and Western first half Division winners facing the second half wild card winners and vice versa. The four Division Series are best of three as are the two second round semi-finals. The league championship series is a best of five.

The first rounders have Ft. Wayne (Padres) vs. Lansing (Blue Jays), Lake County (Indians) vs. Bowling Green (Rays), Burlington (A's) vs. Wisconsin (Brewers), and Clinton (Mariners) vs. Beloit (Twins). These series begin on September 5th. The Ft. Wayne/Lansing winner will face the Lake County/Bowling Green winner and Burlington/Wisconsin facing Clinton/Beloit beginning on September 8th. The championship series begins on September 13th.

South Atlantic League: The Sally also plays a split season, although there are no wild card teams. First and second half winners face each other in a best of three beginning on September 5th, with a best of five starting on September 10th. The match-ups are Hagerstown (Nationals) vs. Greensboro (Marlins) and Rome (Braves) vs. Asheville (Rockies).

Short A:

New York Penn: The NYP regular season concludes on September 5th. The league plays a three division format, with one wild card. All series are best of three, two play-ins begin on September 7th, the finals on September 10th. With two days remaining on the schedule, there are still two playoff spots up for grabs and no match-ups finalized. Hudson Valley (Rays) and Tri-City (Astros) have clinched division titles. Hudson Valley has a one game lead over Tri-City in the race for the league's best record and is at Tri-City for the final two games. The third division has Auburn (Washington) with a one game lead over Batavia (Cardinals) with two to play. The wild card is also is a one game lead, with Brooklyn (Mets) over Batavia.

Northwest: The NWL follows the same postseason setup as the Sally, split season with both division winners facing off in a best of three followed by a best of three championship series. Yakima (Arizona) has a 1-0 lead over Boise (Cubs), and Vancouver (Blue Jays) the same over Everett (Mariners). The championship series begins on September 6th.

Rookie: Three of the four RL have concluded their postseason, with the Pioneer League scheduled to begin theirs on September 7th.

Appalachian: Burlington (Royals) defeated Johnson City (Cardinals) two games to one, Elizabethton (Twins) defeated Danville (Braves) two games to one. Elizabethton defeated Burlington two games to one to win the league title.

Arizona: Postseason semi's are one game, as is the championship. The Athletics defeated the Cubs and the Rangers beat the Dodgers, with the Rangers beating the A's for the title.

Gulf Coast: The GCL format is similar to that of the AZL with the exception their championship series is a two out of three. The Red Sox beat the Tigers and the Pirates defeated the Cardinals in the first round, with the Pirates beating the Sox two games to none to win the title.

Pioneer: The Pioneer plays a split division regular season which concludes on September 5th. Great Falls (White Sox) and Ogden (Dodgers) won their respective first half titles and will host a first round best of three series beginning on September 7th. In the North Division, Billings (Reds) has a one game lead over Missoula (Dbacks). In the South, Ogden has a two game lead over Grand Junction (Rockies). If Ogden is to win both halves, then the team with the next best record becomes the Wild Card, which would be Grand Junction.

Today's regular season and postseason pitching matchups.

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