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What’s on Tap: Previewing Sunday’s action

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I don’t usually write up a What’s on Tap for Sunday games, but then again, I don’t typically clock in until the mid-afternoon when most of Sunday’s games are nearing completion. So enjoy this treat.

Sunday is a day of redemption for a few pitchers. Stephen Strasburg returns from the disabled list for the Nationals after missing a couple weeks with an upper back injury. He’s putting his perfect 10-0 record on the line, opposing the Reds’ John Lamb in a 1:35 PM EDT matchup. Brandon McCarthy toes the rubber for the Dodgers in his 2016 debut after missing over a year due to Tommy John surgery. He’ll oppose the Rockies’ Jon Gray in a 4:10 PM EDT tiff. And Andrew Cashner is back in action for the Padres after straining his neck early last month. He will try to best the Yankees’ Chad Green starting at 4:40 PM EDT.

In the evening, the Marlins and Braves will square off at Fort Bragg Field, marking the first time a regular season game in any professional sport has been played on an active military base. Major League Baseball is doing this as a way to say “thank you” to servicepeople.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said, “Major League Baseball’s boundless gratitude to our military has led us to a unique event that will benefit the men and women of Fort Bragg and their families for many years. I thank the Braves and the Marlins for their participation and all of our clubs and players for contributing to this gesture, which will stand as a fitting new chapter in the national pastime’s proud and distinguished military history.”

Adam Conley goes for the Marlins and Matt Wisler goes for the Braves in this 8:05 PM EDT event.

The rest of Sunday’s action…

Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) @ Toronto Blue Jays (J.A. Happ), 1:07 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester) @ New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard), 1:10 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Mike Pelfrey) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer), 1:10 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (John Lamb) @ Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg), 1:35 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez), 1:35 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker) @ Boston Red Sox (Sean O’Sullivan), 1:35 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Houston Astros (Collin McHugh), 2:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels) @ Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson), 2:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha), 2:15 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) @ Oakland Athletics (Daniel Mengden), 4:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @ Seattle Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma), 4:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Brandon McCarthy), 4:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Albert Suarez) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray), 4:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Chad Green) @ San Diego Padres (Andrew Cashner), 4:40 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Adam Conley) @ Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler), 8:05 PM EDT

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

The MLB Playoffs are underway!
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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 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

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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