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Ron Darling, Joe Torre in playoffs; Mets, Yanks out

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TBS has announced the TV schedule and announcing teams for the first divisional round playoffs in baseball history without a New York team involved.

Chip Caray and Buck Martinez will be on Bosox-Angels.

SNY's own Ron Darling has Dodgers-Cubs.

Darling will join Caray and Martinez for the ALCS.

Click below for the TBS news release.MLB Postseason coverage gets underway with Division Series Coverage on TBS presented by BlackBerry on Wednesday, October 1 with tripleheader action featuring the best of the American and National League. Leading off will be the NL East Division Champion Philadelphia Phillies hosting the NL Wild Card winner Milwaukee Brewers at 3 p.m. ET. Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Joe Simpson (analyst), John Smoltz (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter) will call the action. The second game will feature the NL West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers traveling to the Windy City to face the NL Central Division Champion Chicago Cubs at 6:30 p.m. ET. Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst), Tony Gwynn (analyst) and Sports Illustrated baseball senior writer Tom Verducci (reporter) will call the game. Game three of the tripleheader will be the AL West Division Champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hosting the AL Wild Card winner Boston Red Sox at 10 p.m. ET. Chip Caray will handle the play-by-play duties, Buck Martinez will serve as game analyst with Craig Sager reporting.

MLB Postseason action continues on Thursday, October 2 with another tripleheader. ALDS Game #1 between the AL East Division winner Tampa Bay Rays and the AL Central Division Champion Chicago White Sox/Minnesota Twins gets underway at 2:30 p.m. ET. Don Orsillo (play-by-play) and Harold Reynolds (analyst) will be in the booth with Marc Fein reporting. If necessary, TBS will have exclusive coverage of the Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox tie-breaker game on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:30 p.m. ET. The winner will advance to the Postseason to face the Rays. Stockton (play-by-play), Darling (analyst), Reynolds (analyst) and Fein (reporter) will call the action. The second game on Thursday, October 2 will feature the second game between the Brewers @ Phillies at 6 p.m. ET. Anderson will handle the play-by-play with Simpson and Smoltz analyzing the game and Aldridge reporting. Game three features the Cubs hosting the Dodgers in their NLDS Game #2 at 9:30 p.m. ET. Stockton (play-by-play), Darling (analyst), Gwynn (analyst) and Verducci (reporter) will call the game.

Thirty minutes prior to each day’s first game, TBS will air the pre-game show TBS MLB On Deck featuring Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst). The network will also conclude each day’s action with the post-game show Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan featuring Johnson, Ripken and Eckersley. Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson will join the studio for the duration of the American and National League Division Series.

In addition to its television coverage, TBS will also expand up its broadband content with the recently re-launched TBS Hot Corner on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball (www.mlb.com/tbshotcorner). This multimedia platform gives fans unprecedented live and on-demand access to the Postseason online, including live streams from a variety of unique on-field camera angles and live statistics to track playoff teams and players. Once the 2008 postseason commences, TBS Hot Corner will present live and on-demand segments, highlighted by live streams from exclusive pre-game shows and online companion coverage to the TBS broadcasts. This year the Live Game Streaming application gives viewers the chance to connect with the broadcast and other fans. They can submit questions to the booth to be answered on air, interact with fans from around the country in the chat room, and voice their opinions by voting on live poll questions throughout the games.

MLB TIE-BREAKER GAME (IF NECESSARY)

DAY/DATE

TIME (ET) EVENT

7 p.m. TBS MLB On Deck

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

7:30 p.m. Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox

Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst), Harold Reynolds (analyst) and Marc Fein (reporter)

Post-game Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

MLB DIVISION SERIES ON TBS SCHEDULE

DAY/DATE

TIME (ET) EVENT

Wed., October 1

2:30 p.m. TBS MLB On Deck

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst), Dennis Eckersley (analyst) and Curtis Granderson (analyst)

3 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers @ Philadelphia Phillies, Game #1

Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Joe Simpson (analyst), John Smoltz (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)

6:30 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs, Game #1

Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst), Tony Gwynn (analyst) and Tom Verducci (reporter)

10 p.m. Boston Red Sox @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Game #1

Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play), Buck Martinez (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)

Post-game Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst), Dennis Eckersley (analyst) and Curtis Granderson (analyst)

Thu., October 2

2 p.m. TBS MLB On Deck

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst), Dennis Eckersley (analyst) and Curtis Granderson (analyst)

2:30 p.m. Chicago White Sox/Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays, Game #1

Announcers: Don Orsillo (play-by-play), Harold Reynolds (analyst) and Marc Fein (reporter)

6 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers @ Philadelphia Phillies, Game #2

Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Joe Simpson (analyst), John Smoltz (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)

9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs, Game #2

Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst), Tony Gwynn (analyst) and Tom Verducci (reporter)

Post-game Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst), Dennis Eckersley (analyst) and Curtis Granderson (analyst)

Fri., October 3

5:30 p.m. TBS MLB On Deck

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst), Dennis Eckersley (analyst) and Curtis Granderson (analyst)

6 p.m. Chicago White Sox/Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays, Game #2

Announcers: Don Orsillo (play-by-play), Harold Reynolds (analyst) and Marc Fein (reporter)

9:30 p.m. Boston Red Sox @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Game #2

Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play), Buck Martinez (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)

Post-game Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst), Dennis Eckersley (analyst) and Curtis Granderson (analyst)

Sat., October 4

6 p.m. TBS MLB On Deck

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst), Dennis Eckersley (analyst) and Curtis Granderson (analyst)

6:30 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies @ Milwaukee Brewers, Game #3

Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Joe Simpson (analyst), John Smoltz (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)

10 p.m. Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers, Game #3

Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst), Tony Gwynn (analyst) and Tom Verducci (reporter)

Post-game Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan

Ernie Johnson (host), Cal Ripken (analyst), Dennis Eckersley (analyst) and Curtis Granderson (analyst)

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