MLB playoffs get underway Friday, announcers are set

The Major League Baseball playoffs get underway on Friday with the debut of the new wild-card games. TBS has coverage of the Cardinals-Braves at 5 p.m. and the Orioles-Rangers at 8:30 p.m.
The Divisional Series begin on Saturday. TBS has the rights to all games, except for one game on Sunday and one on Wednesday, both of which will go to MLB Network.
By the way, if any MLB playoff game on TBS runs late due to extra innings, weather delays or just interminable American League action (see: Yankees), sister network TNT will be the home for the start of the next game before reverting back to TBS upon conclusion.
ESPN Radio will air every MLB playoff game, and stream them on ESPNRadio.com. New York’s WEPN (98.7 FM) will carry most games (there will be a Jets conflict on Monday evening), plus you can find games on Chicago’s WMVP (1000-AM), Cincinnati’s WCKY (1530-AM) and Albany’s WTMM (104.5-FM).

Friday
NL Wild card: Cardinals-Braves, 5 p.m. (TBS – Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Joe Simpson, Tom Verducci)
AL Wild card: Orioles-Rangers, 8:30 p.m. (TBS – Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz, Carl Ripken Jr., Craig Sager)

Saturday
ALDS, game 1: A’s-Tigers, 6 p.m. (TBS – Don Orsillo, Buck Martinez, Jaime Maggio; ESPN Radio – Dave O’Brien-Aaron Boone)
NLDS, game 1: Reds-Giants, 9:30 p.m. (TBS – Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Joe Simpson, Tom Verducci; ESPN Radio – Gary Cohen gms. 1-2, Chris Berman gms. 3-5, Rick Sutcliffe)

Sunday
ALDS, game 2: A’s-Tigers, noon (MLB Network – Matt Vasgersian, Jim Kaat)
NLDS, game 1: Nationals at Cardinals or Braves, 3 p.m. (TBS; ESPN Radio – Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton)
ALDS, game 1: Yankees at Orioles or Rangers, 6 p.m. (TBS – Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz, Cal Ripken Jr., Craig Sager; ESPN Radio – Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser)
NLDS, game 2: Reds-Giants, 9:30 p.m. (TBS)

Monday
NLDS, game 2: Nationals at Cardinals or Braves, 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
ALDS, game 2: Yankees at Orioles or Rangers, 8 p.m. (TBS)

Tuesday
NLDS, game 3: Giants-Reds, 5:30 p.m. (TBS)
ALDS, game 3: Tigers-A’s, 9 p.m. (TBS)

Wednesday (MLB Network will televise one game – Bob Costas, Jim Kaat)
ALDS, game 4 (if nec.): Tigers-A’s, TBD (TBS)
ALDS, game 3: Orioles or Rangers at Yankees, TBD (TBS)
NLDS, game 3: Cardinals or Braves at Nationals, TBD (TBS)
NLDS, game 4 (if nec.): Giants-Reds, TBD (TBS)

Thursday
ALDS, game 5 (if nec.): Tigers-A’s, TBD (TBS)
ALDS, game 4 (if nec.): Orioles or Rangers at Yankees, TBD (TBS)
NLDS, game 5 (if nec.): Giants-Reds, TBD (TBS)
NLDS, game 4 (if nec.): Cardinals or Braves at Nationals, TBD (TBS)

Friday
ALDS, game 5 (if nec.): Orioles or Rangers at Yankees, TBD (TBS)
NLDS, game 5 (if nec.): Cardinals or Braves at Nationals, TBD (TBS)

TV
For the championship series, TBS has the call of the ALCS with Johnson, Smoltz, Ripken Jr. and Sager. Fox has the call of the NLCS with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, who will also call the World Series.
Radio
For the Championship series, Shulman and Hershiser will call the ALCS and Sciambi joins Terry Francona for the NLCS. Shulman and Hershiser will call the World Series.

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