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It is a short season and appropriately enough it will be a short September, too.

Major League Baseball’s traditional month of reckoning will wrap on Sept. 27, with a final slate putting a bow on a 60-game season that will yield a record 16 playoff teams.

This unprecedented year will bring an unprecedented finish, with a hard stop to the schedule that will include no tiebreaking games, the better to get on with a lengthy and perhaps overly inclusive playoff shootout.

As roughly 25 teams remain in contention, USA TODAY Sports aims to answer the most pressing questions as

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