MLB Network will move into the leadoff spot on the sport’s postseason telecast lineup today, presenting the first playoff game in its four-year history.
Baseball’s in-house service will air Game 2 of the American League Division Series as the Oakland Athletics try to even matters with the Detroit Tigers from Comerica Park at noon (ET).
The game marks Jim Kaat’s return to an MLB postseason telecast for the first time in 17 years, while Matt Vasgersian will make his first-ever playoff call. He had served as the play-by-play voice for the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres for 11 seasons before joining MLBN in 2009.
Bob Costas, marking his first postseason call since the 2000 American League Championship Series won by the New York Yankees over the Seattle Mariners, will join Kaat in the broadcast booth on MLBN's second exclusive Division Series game telecast on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The combatants and time have yet to be disclosed.
Sam Ryan will be on the field as a reporter for both exclusive Division Series telecasts on MLBN, which is available to some 70 million subscribers, including Detroit and Oakland’s home TV territories.
TBS will present the first games of the National League Division Series pitting the Washingon Nationals against the St. Louis Cardinals and ALDS match of the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, on Sunday, before capping the day with Game 2 of the NLDS battle between San Francisco and Cincinnati at 9:30 p.m. The Reds won the first game 5-2.