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2013 MLB playoffs — Here’s the schedule for the opening rounds

Mike Oz
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(USA Today, AP)

We're now done with every regular season game on the 2013 MLB schedule, and the postseason picture still isn't as clear as it's supposed to be. Close, though.

With Sunday's action in the books, there are now 11 teams still vying to win the World Series, a number only slightly complicated by the fact that there are 10 playoff spots. Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers will meet in a one-game tiebreaker to decide who gets the second AL wild card spot. The last time a tiebreaker was needed was 2009 when the Detroit Tigers played the Minnesota Twins.

Aside from wild-card madness, everything else is set. The St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) and Boston Red Sox (97-65) have home-field advantage in their respective leagues. As the No. 1 seeds, they both await wild card winners in the five-game LDS round. The Cardinals' first game is on Thursday and the Red Sox play again Friday. The wild card round begins Tuesday, with the Cincinnati Reds (90-72) visiting the Pittsburgh Pirates (94-68). The winner of Monday's tiebreaker plays the Cleveland Indians (92-70) on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the second NLDS and ALDS series are completely set: the Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70) plays the Atlanta Braves (96-66) starting Thursday, while the Detroit Tigers (93-69) visit the Oakland Athletics (96-66) starting Friday.

Here's the full playoff schedule for the wild-card and LDS rounds:

(all times TBD unless listed, all games broadcast on TBS, except where noted)

Monday
AL wild card tiebreaker: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers, 8:07 p.m. ET

Tuesday
NL wild card: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates, 8:07 p.m. ET

Wednesday
AL wild card: Rays/Rangers at Cleveland Indians, 8:07 p.m. ET

Thursday
NLDS Game 1: Wild card winner at St. Louis Cardinals, 5:07 p.m. ET
NLDS Game 1: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves, 8:37 p.m. ET

Friday
NLDS Game 2: Wild card winner at St. Louis Cardinals, 1:07 p.m. ET
ALDS Game 1: Wild card winner at Boston Red Sox, 3:07 p.m. ET
NLDS Game 2: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves, 6:07 p.m. ET
ALDS Game 1: Detroit Tigers at Oakland A's, 9:37 p.m. ET
*one of these games will air on MLB Network

Saturday
ALDS Game 2: Wild card winner at Boston Red Sox, 5:37 p.m. ET
ALDS Game 2: Detroit Tigers at Oakland A's, 9:07 p.m. ET

Sunday, Oct. 6
NLDS Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals at wild card winner
NLDS Game 3: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday, Oct. 7
ALDS Game 3: Boston Red Sox at wild card winner
ALDS Game 3: Oakland A's at Detroit Tigers
NLDS Game 4*: St. Louis Cardinals at wild card winner
NLDS Game 4*: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers
*one of these games will air on MLB Network

Tuesday, Oct. 8
ALDS Game 4*: Boston Red Sox at wild card winner
ALDS Game 4*: Oakland A's at Detroit Tigers

Wednesday, Oct. 9
NLDS Game 5*: Wild card winner at St. Louis Cardinals
NLDS Game 5*: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves

Thursday, Oct. 10
ALDS Game 5*: Wild card winner at Boston Red Sox
ALDS Game 5*: Detroit Tigers at Oakland A's

* If necessary, all series are best of five

The postseason is here. Spend the stretch run with us.
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