TBS Lines Up Potential MLB Tiebreaker Coverage On Thursday9/28/2011 4:02 PM Eastern
Should Major League Baseball wind up with a single tiebreaker contest or a pair of play-in games on Thursday, TBS will provide live coverage.
If a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays is necessary to sort out the American League Wild Card, then Thursday's first pitch at Tropicana Field will be scheduled for 4:07 p.m. (ET) on TBS.
Should a contest between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals to determine the National League Wild Card unfold, Thursday's first pitch at Busch Stadium is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. on the "very funny" network.
If only the Bosox-Rays tiebreaker is scheduled, TBS will still televise the Sept. 29 contest in the late-afternoon window because the two American League Division Series are scheduled to begin on Friday.
TBS, should the tiebreaker(s) be necessary, will announce its announce-team pairings after the dust settles on what has been scheduled to be the final day of MLB's 2011 regular season, which also has yet to decide playoff seedings and pairings in both leagues: Milwaukee and Arizona are vying for second-place in the NL, while Texas holds a one-game edge over Detroit for similar positioning in the AL.
At this point, the only MLB postseason situations that have been finalized are that the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies hold the No. 1 seed in the AL and NL, respectively.
Tonight, ESPN will cover the Red Sox-Baltimore Orioles game at 7 p.m., with ESPN2 presenting the Braves-Phillies contest at 8 p.m. For its part, MLB Network will be on the scene, providing live look-ins at all the action around the bigs.
The exclusive home for the four Division series and National League Championship Series, TBS will present a quadruple-header on Saturday Oct. 1, when the first pitches of Game 1 are thrown out on both NLDS encounters, and both Game 2s of the junior circuit's division series play out.