Sox might not know playoff schedule until Tuesday

October, 3, 2009
10/03/09
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BOSTON -- Odd as it might sound, the Red Sox may not know when they are playing Game 1 against the Angels until Tuesday night.

Major League Baseball rules allow the club with the best record to select which series they want to participate in. The New York Yankees have secured the American League's top record and have their choice of selecting the series with an extra day off or the one that would follow a more traditional playoff format.

Series A would be as follows: Wednesday, Game 1. Thursday, day off. Friday, Game 2. Saturday, travel day. Next Sunday, Game 3. Oct. 12, Game 4. Oct. 13, travel day. Oct. 14, Game 5.

Series B is as follows: Thursday, Game 1. Friday, Game 2. Saturday, travel day. Next Sunday, Game 3. Oct. 12, Game 4. Oct. 13, travel day. Oct. 14, Game 5.

MLB rules also stipulate that the club with the best record does not have to make a final decision until one hour after the last regular season game is played. Because Detroit and Minnesota could wind up tied in the A.L. Central, the two could play one extra game to determine the division winner. Minnesota won the season series and would host the extra game.

But because the NFL holds primary tenant rights at the Metrodome in Minneapolis it has the rights to Monday. The Vikings are hosting the Packers in a game full of hype because Brett Favre will be playing against his former team on Monday Night Football.

That means the earliest the Tigers and Twins could play is Tuesday, a game that would start late in the afternoon or early evening. The Yankees could hold off their decision until late that night, meaning the Red Sox could work out at Angels Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, leave the park and still not know if they are playing Game 1 against the Angels the next day or on Thursday.

ESPN's Pedro Gomez covered the Oakland A's home and away nearly every day from 1992-97 for the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee and then became the national baseball writer and later a general columnist at the Arizona Republic before becoming an ESPN bureau reporter in 2003.

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