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X-Factors for the 2013 AL, NL Wild-Card Playoff Games

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X-Factors for the 2013 AL, NL Wild-Card Playoff Games
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The addition of the second wild card last season has added an extra round to the MLB postseason, and an interesting element in an all-or-nothing elimination game to kick things off for the wild-card teams.

Anything can happen in a one-game playoff, so pinpointing key players can be tough, but it's safe to say the starting pitchers who are called on to take the ball in that game are the most important guys on the roster.

With that in mind, here is a look at two players from each team who could be the X-factor in their team's chances of advancing to the Division Series round.

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