TBS will be the exclusive home of the American League throughout the 2014 MLB Postseason beginning with the presentation of the 2014 A.L. Wild Card Presented by Budweiser when the Kansas City Royals and Alex Gordon host the Oakland Athletics and Josh Donaldson on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. ET. Sports Emmy Award winning commentator Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the game with analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken and reporter Matt Winer. Pregame coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200 show hosted by Casey Stern with analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield.
The network's exclusive American League Division Series (ALDS) coverage will begin Thursday, Oct. 2, with the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera visiting the Baltimore Orioles and Adam Jones (time TBD), along with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Mike Trout hosting the winner of the A.L. Wild Card Game (time TBD). Brian Anderson will call the best-of-five Tigers/Orioles series with analysts Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson and reporter Jaime Maggio. Johnson will provide play-by-play for the Angels vs. Athletics/Royals series with Darling, Ripken and Winer. TBS's A.L. Division Series coverage is presented by T-Mobile.
Additionally, reporters David Aldridge and Rachel Nichols will contribute to the network's MLB Postseason coverage, covering the National League Division Series. The full ALDS schedule is listed below.
TBS will also exclusively televise the American League Championship Series, scheduled to begin Friday, Oct. 10, with Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Live streaming coverage of all MLB Postseason games airing on TBS will be available via www.tbs.com and the Watch TBS app. Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.
The network's coverage of the 2014 MLB Postseason will include:
- 6X Cameras - with the ability to replay various speeds from a single camera angle and capturing six times the amount of slow motion than the normal replay device, 6X Cameras will provide viewers with gripping super slow motion replays during key moments of the game. Each TBS MLB Postseason game telecast will utilize four 6X Cameras.
- Super Slo Mo Cameras - in addition to the four 6X Cameras at every game, TBS will deploy two Super Slo Mo cameras during the ALCS.
- Chevrolet Pitch Trax - the on-screen graphic will be used to show pitch location and type, while also illustrating other variables such as a swinging strike vs. being caught looking. It is also able to display a hitter's batting history against a specific pitcher.
In a first for both entities, Facebook will partner with Turner Sports throughout its MLB Postseason coverage. The social media company will work closely with the TBS studio production team - including being embedded in the TBS control room in Atlanta during the opening week of the postseason - providing Facebook and Instagram content in real-time to best support on-air social integrations. Content will include fan maps, polls and fan profiles for each team participating in the postseason.
Postseason.TV Returns for 2014 MLB Postseason
In addition to its exclusive live game telecasts, Turner Sports will team with MLB Advanced Media to bring fans up to 10 live alternative camera angles via Postseason.TV. A digital companion product, Postseason.TV is available for every game televised by TBS allowing fans to customize their viewing experience. Postseason.TV is accessible via broadband and mobile through MLB.com's At Bat 14 app for smartphones and tablets. Subscribers can watch one camera angle or view up to four different cameras simultaneously through a mosaic display.