MLB Network breaks into postseason for first time in new deal

TBS will broadcast Major League Baseball’s inaugural wild-card playoff games Oct. 5, with MLB Network picking up two division series games.

Beginning this year, MLB is increasing the number of playoff teams in the American League and National League to five apiece, with the two wild-cards playing each other in a single-elimination contest to start the postseason. The winner of each game will advance to play one of the three division champions in a five-game series.

TBS will air the division series games that MLB Network doesn’t air — as many as 18 if all the series went to the maximum length — as well as the American League Championship Series. TBS will also broadcast any tiebreaker games needed before the playoffs. Fox will air the NLCS and the World Series.

For MLB Network, now in its fourth year, the pair of division series games will be its first live playoff broadcasts.

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