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Ruben Tejada carted off the field following Chase Utley’s takeout slide

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Update (12:18 PM EDT): Tejada suffered a fractured right fibula, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. That, certainly, will end Tejada’s season.

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Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada had to be carted off the field in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. With Enrique Hernandez on third base and Chase Utley on first and one out, Howie Kendrick hit a ground ball up the middle. Daniel Murphy, ranging to his right, corralled the ball and flipped to Tejada, who had to whip around to fire to first. Utley slid late and took out Tejada, who couldn’t make a throw. The Dodgers scored the tying run on the play.

Tejada was tended to by team trainers, who applied to a brace around his right knee before carting him off. The umpires ruled Utley safe because Tejada never touched the bag. The only problem is that Utley also never touched second base. Utley and Kendrick would come around to score when Adrian Gonzalez ripped a two-run double, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Utley’s slide was clearly dirty and hopefully Major League Baseball works to create a rule that keeps middle infielders out of harms way on these types of plays. Utley didn’t start his slide until he was parallel to the second base bag, and he never touched the base. The umpires could have justifiably called Utley for interference, which would have resulted in two outs (ending the inning) instead of zero.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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