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MLB unveils 2012 postseason schedule

Playoffs begin on Oct. 5, with World Series Game 7 set for Nov. 1
08/09/2012 2:00 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Major League Baseball announced its 2012 postseason schedule on Thursday, with the dates chosen leaving open the opportunity for one possible hero to play Derek Jeter’s previous role as “Mr. November.”

The 2012 MLB Postseason will begin on Friday, October 5, with the inaugural pair of Wild Card games to be held on that date. The American League and National League Division Series will begin the following day, October 6, with the matchup between the second and third-seeded division winners running Oct. 6-11 and the series pitting the top seed against the Wild Card running Oct. 7-12 if necessary.

The American League Championship Series will then begin on Saturday, October 13, and run through October 21, while the NLCs starts on Sunday, October 14 with Game 7 (if necessary) set for October 22.

Following at least one day off, the World Series will then begin Wednesday, October 24 at the home of the National League Champion, with Game 7 (if necessary) to be played in that same venue on Thursday, November 1.

In addition to the new one-game Wild Card round, this year’s postseason also features a few format tweaks in the later rounds.

For this year only, all four Division Series will begin with two games in the lower-seeded team’s home park and end with up to three in the higher seed’s stadium – a change from the usual 2-2-1 format that sees Games 1, 2, and 5 if necessary at the higher seed’s park. And, while both League Championship Series and the World Series will maintain a 2-3-2 format, there will only be two off days in each series, one between Games 2 and 3 and another between Games 5 and 6 if necessary.

TBS will broadcast both Wild Card games and up to 18 of the 20 possible games of the Division Series round, with MLB Network having one Division Series game to be determined on Oct. 7 and another on Oct. 10. TBS will also broadcast the 2012 ALCS, with FOX having exclusive coverage of the NLCS and World Series.

The MLB regular season ends Wednesday, October 3, with any necessary playoff tiebreaker games to be played on October 4 and also exclusively broadcast by TBS.

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