Playoffs come early this year -- Sept. 30

August, 10, 2011
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MINNEAPOLIS -- October baseball will begin in September this year, as Major League Baseball on Wednesday announced its postseason schedule.

The American League Division series will begin on Friday, Sept. 30, with the opening game in each series being played that day. This is the first time since the 1915 World Series that a postseason series has been scheduled to begin on a Friday.

The National League Division series will begin on Saturday, Oct. 1, with Game 2 of both AL division series also being played that day.

If either of the two AL division series go to a Game 5, it will be scheduled to be played on Thursday, Oct. 6. Any Game 5 in the NL division series will be scheduled Oct. 7.

The ALCS will begin on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a Game 7, if necessary, scheduled for Oct. 16. The NLCS will begin on Sunday, Oct. 9, with a Game 7 scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17.

The World Series is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the ballpark of the National League champions. If the Red Sox advance to the World Series, Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) would be scheduled to be held Oct. 22-24. A Game 7 would be held Oct. 27.

If the regular season ended today, the Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers and Yankees would qualify. The Red Sox would open the playoffs against the Detroit Tigers, who lead the AL Central. The Rangers would draw the Yankees, the wild-card team.

TV assignments:

* AL and NL Division series: Turner Sports (TBS and sister networks)

* ALCS: Fox

NLCS: TBS

World Series: Fox.

Radio assignments:

All series: ESPN Radio

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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