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Major League Baseball announces postseason schedule

The last Major League Baseball playoff game ended with the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series.
The last Major League Baseball playoff game ended with the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series. jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

If the Royals can recover from a seven-win month of July and make the playoffs, they will begin their pursuit of a second-straight World Series title as early as Oct. 4.

Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced the postseason schedule, and it begins with the American League Wild Card Game on Oct. 4. The National League Wild Card Game is the following day.

The two AL Division Series will run from Oct. 6 to Oct. 12, while both NL Division Series will begin on Oct. 7 and end no later than Oct. 13.

The AL Championship Series will run from Oct. 14 until Oct. 22. The NLCS is scheduled to go from Oct. 15 to Oct. 23.

The World Series opener is scheduled for Oct. 25. A potential Game 7 would be held on Nov. 2. The off days are Oct. 27 and Oct. 31.

If there is a tiebreaker game that is necessary after the regular season, it will be played on Oct. 3.

TBS will cover every American League playoff game through the ALCS, while while FOX, FS1 or MLB Network will broadcast the National League playoff games. The World Series will be on Fox with Joe Buck and John Smoltz in the broadcast booth.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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