Major League Baseball announces playoff schedule; Orioles could start Oct. 2

September 11, 2014|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles haven’t yet clinched a playoff spot or figured out their seeding for the postseason, but assuming they are playing in October, their first game will be Oct. 2 on TBS.

Major League Baseball announced its postseason schedule today, and the playoffs will kick off -- assuming there are no ties -- with the American League wild-card game Sept. 30, with the National League wild-card game the next day, Oct. 1.

If the current standings hold, the Orioles will get the No. 2 seed in the AL and will host the first two Division Series games at Camden Yards on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. They’d then travel for games three and four (if necessary) on Oct. 5 and 6, before potentially returning for a Game 5 on Oct. 8.

The best-of-seven AL Championship Series begins with Games 1 and 2 at the highest seed Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. The location shifts to the other park for Games 3 through 5 (Oct. 13, 14 and, if necessary, Oct. 15). The final two games of the ALCS, if needed, will be played at the top remaining seed’s ballpark Oct. 17 and 18. All of those games will be on TBS.

If the Orioles make it to the best-of-seven World Series, they would host their first October Classic game in 31 years Oct. 21. Game 2 would be Oct. 22, and then the series would shift to the NL city for Games 3 through 5 (Oct. 24, 25 and, if necessary, Oct, 26).

If needed, the World Series would go back to the AL city for Game 6 on Oct. 28 and then the potential winner-take-all Game 7 would be Oct. 29 in the AL city.

All of the World Series games will be aired on Fox.

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