New York — The baseball playoffs will open Tuesday with a tripleheader, and the World Series champion New York Yankees will start their best-of-five series Wednesday night against Oakland.
While all eight playoff teams have been determined, the National League matchups still are not set. The winner of today's game between St. Louis and Houston will take the NL Central championship and the loser gets the wild card.
The Atlanta Braves will visit the NL Central winner in Game 1 on Tuesday afternoon.
"We don't have the pressure of going in as the team to beat," Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones said. "It should afford us the luxury of playing with a relaxed, nothing-to-lose attitude. This team plays pretty good in that situation."
Later that day, the AL side starts when Central winner Cleveland plays at West champion Seattle.
At night, the NL wild card team visits West winner Arizona.
The next night, the AL East champion Yankees begin their bid to win a fourth straight World Series, playing at home against West winner Oakland.
Roger Clemens opens for the Yankees against Mark Mulder in a matchup of 20-game winners.