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Detroit -- The Tigers on Sunday made an announcement they had hoped to avoid.

Game 163 tickets are on sale now, at tigers.com, at the Comerica Park box office or by calling (866) 66-TIGER.

Tickets for the potential American League Central tiebreaker, scheduled for Monday, will be priced at the regular-season rate. The game would begin at 3 p.m., unless Seattle and Oakland are playing, in which case the Tigers would play at 1 p.m.

The Tigers lead the division by one game over the Royals entering Sunday's regular-season finale. The Tigers play the Twins at 1 p.m., while the Royals play the White Sox at 2 p.m. Both teams lost Saturday night, to keep the gap one game.

If the Tigers win Sunday, the division is theirs. Same if the Royals lose.

However, if the Tigers lose and the Royals win, there will be a one-game tiebreaker in Detroit. The winner would win the division and meet the Orioles in the AL Division Series, while the loser would get the first wild card and play the A's or Mariners on Tuesday. The Tigers and Royals both are in line to host a wild-card game, if that's where they end up.

The Tigers also announced tickets for a potential wild-card game plus the ALDS also remain available.

The Tigers last played a Game 163 in 2009, when the Twins edged them for the division crown.

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