Postseason schedule set; Fall Classic opens Oct. 21

Playoffs begin with AL Wild Card Game on Sept. 30, followed by NL game a day later

Postseason schedule set; Fall Classic opens Oct. 21

Major League Baseball announced the postseason schedule on Thursday, starting on Sept. 30 with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS and the National League equivalent coming a day later on ESPN. The 110th World Series will get underway in an AL city to be determined on Oct. 21 -- the first Tuesday start since 1990.

The regular season ends on Sunday, Sept. 28, and the following day will be kept open to accommodate potential tiebreaker games. Any necessary regular-season tiebreakers would be broadcast by ESPN.

The AL Wild Card Game will be followed on Oct. 1 by the NL Wild Card Game, marking ESPN's first broadcast of postseason baseball since 2006.

Both AL Division Series will begin on Thursday, Oct. 2. The first full slate of Division Series games, featuring two NLDS openers and a pair of ALDS Game 2s, will be held on Friday, Oct. 3.

Overall, the Division Series will be scheduled from Thursday, Oct. 2 through Thursday, Oct. 9, with a pair of potential Game 5s possible on Wednesday, Oct. 8 (ALDS) and Thursday, Oct. 9 (NLDS). TBS will cover all ALDS games, while FS1 and MLB Network will combine to air all NLDS games.

The AL Championship Series, beginning on Friday, Oct. 10, will be broadcast on TBS. Saturday, Oct. 11 will feature Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on FOX and Game 2 of the ALCS on TBS. A potential Game 7 of the ALCS is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, while a potential Game 7 of the NLCS is set for Sunday, Oct. 19.

Game 1 of the World Series will start in an AL city by virtue of that league's victory in this summer's All-Star Game in Minnesota. It will be on a Tuesday, marking the first time that the World Series will start on a day other than Wednesday since the 2006 Fall Classic, which began on a Saturday.

From 1991-2006, the World Series was originally scheduled to open on Saturday each year. Overall, the postseason schedule has been shortened by one day, removing one of the two off-days that had been between the last potential LCS game and the first game of the World Series.

The Fall Classic will shift to the ballpark of the NL champion for Game 3 on Friday, Oct. 24. A Game 7, if necessary, would be played on Wednesday, Oct. 29, back in the AL city. The scheduled off-days during the World Series are Thursday, Oct. 23, and Monday, Oct. 27. FOX will present live telecast coverage of the World Series for the 17th time, and for the first time without analyst Tim McCarver, who retired in that capacity.

ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all postseason games, including the Wild Card Games.

For the first time, fans in the United States and Canada with MLB.TV Premium subscriptions can watch, on more than 400 supported mobile and connected devices, live streams of the entire World Series, viewing the FOX broadcast with no blackout restrictions. Fans will be asked at that time to complete a one-time authentication with their participating Cable TV provider. This follows the first such MLB.TV Premium live stream of the All-Star Game in 2014.

Wild Card

Tues., Sept. 30: AL Wild Card Game, TBS
Wed., Oct. 1: NL Wild Card Game, ESPN

Division Series
Thurs., Oct. 2: ALDS A, Game 1, TBS
Thurs., Oct. 2: ALDS B, Game 1, TBS
Fri., Oct. 3: ALDS A, Game 2, TBS
Fri., Oct. 3: ALDS B, Game 2, TBS
Fri., Oct. 3: NLDS A, Game 1, FS1
Fri., Oct. 3: NLDS B, Game 1, FS1
Sat., Oct. 4: NLDS A, Game 2, FS1 or MLBN
Sat., Oct. 4: NLDS B, Game 2, FS1 or MLBN
Sun., Oct. 5: ALDS A, Game 3, TBS
Sun., Oct. 5: ALDS B, Game 3, TBS
Mon., Oct. 6: ALDS A, Game 4, TBS
Mon., Oct. 6: ALDS B, Game 4, TBS
Mon., Oct. 6: NLDS A, Game 3, FS1 or MLBN
Mon., Oct. 6: NLDS B, Game 3, FS1 or MLBN
Tues., Oct. 7: NLDS A, Game 4, FS1
Tues., Oct. 7: NLDS B, Game 4, FS1
Wed., Oct. 8: ALDS A, Game 5, TBS
Wed., Oct. 8: ALDS B, Game 5, TBS
Thurs. Oct. 9: NLDS A, Game 5, FS1
Thurs. Oct. 9: NLDS B, Game 5 FS1

Championship Series
Fri., Oct. 10: ALCS Game 1, TBS
Sat., Oct. 11: ALCS Game 2, TBS
Sat., Oct. 11: NLCS Game 1, FOX
Sun., Oct. 12: NLCS Game 2, FS1
Mon., Oct. 13: ALCS Game 3, TBS
Tues. Oct. 14: NLCS Game 3, FS1
Tues. Oct. 14: ALCS Game 4, TBS
Wed., Oct. 15: ALCS Game 5, TBS
Wed., Oct. 15: NLCS Game 4, FS1
Thurs., Oct. 16: NLCS Game 5, FS1
Fri., Oct. 17: ALCS Game 6, TBS
Sat. Oct. 18: NLCS Game 6, FOX
Sat. Oct. 18: ALCS Game 7, TBS
Sun. Oct. 19: NLCS Game 7, FS1

World Series
Tues., Oct. 21: Game 1, AL city, FOX
Wed. Oct. 22: Game 2, AL city, FOX
Thurs. Oct. 23: Travel day
Fri., Oct. 24: Game 3, NL city, FOX
Sat., Oct. 25: Game 4, NL city, FOX
Sun,, Oct. 26: Game 5, NL city, FOX
Mon., Oct. 27: Travel day
Tues., Oct. 28: Game 6, AL city, FOX
Wed., Oct. 29: Game 7, AL city, FOX

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