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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 00:26

MLBRemember a few weeks back how boring the Wild Card races looked in Major League Baseball? Thursday is the last day of the regular season... or is it? The Cardinals and Braves in the NL and the Red Sox and Rays in the AL are all knotted up. It's tiebreaker time.

Major League Baseball has set first pitch times both for Thursday’s potential Wild Card tiebreaker games and for Friday’s pair of Game Ones in the American League Division Series, subject to change.

Either or both of the potential Wild Card tiebreaker games, if necessary, would be played on Thursday, September 29th.  The first pitch times will remain the same whether one game is necessary or two games are necessary.

If a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays is necessary to determine the American League Wild Card, then Thursday’s first pitch at Tropicana Field will be scheduled for 4:07 p.m. (ET).

If a game between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals is necessary to determine the National League Wild Card, then Thursday’s first pitch at Busch Stadium will be scheduled for 8:07 p.m. (ET)/7:07 p.m. (CT).

Friday’s ALDS Game Ones are set for first pitch times of 5:07 p.m. (ET) and 8:37 p.m. (ET).  The 5:07 p.m. (ET) game will feature either Boston or Tampa Bay playing at either Texas or Detroit.  The 8:37 p.m. (ET) game will feature either the Rangers or the Tigers playing the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

The complete Division Series schedule will be released when it is available.  Any tiebreaker games would be covered nationally by TBS and ESPN Radio, both of which will cover all Division Series games.

Thursday, September 29th

4:07 p.m. (ET)

A.L. Wild Card Tiebreaker, BOS @ TB*

8:07 p.m. (ET)/7:07 p.m. (CT)

N.L. Wild Card Tiebreaker, ATL @ STL*

* if necessary



Friday, September 30th

5:07 p.m. (ET)/4:07 p.m. (CT)

ALDS Game 1, BOS/TB @ TEX or DET

8:37 p.m. (ET)/7:37 p.m. (CT)

ALDS Game 1, DET or TEX @ NYY

Enjoy the playoffs before the playoffs


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