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What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action

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The Nationals have called up pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to toe the rubber Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers in a 7:05 PM start at National Park. He’ll be opposing Scott Kazmir.

Lopez, 22, is considered the Nationals’ fifth-best prospect. He spent most of the year with Double-A Harrisburg, where he pitched to a 3.18 ERA and a 100/25 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. The Nats promoted him to Triple-A Syracuse in late June. In two starts there, Lopez has yielded four runs on nine hits and six walks with nine strikeouts.

If Lopez sounds familiar, you might’ve seen him in the recently-completed Future’s Game. He got the final out of the sixth inning, getting David Dahl to ground out. Then, he easily got the first two outs of the seventh with an Alex Bregman pop out and a Christin Stewart fly out before giving way to Jharel Cotton, who completed the frame.

The Nationals called up their number one prospect, Lucas Giolito, earlier this year. Infielder Trea Turner, their number two prospect, also debuted in June.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Baltimore Orioles (Vance Worley) @ New York Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi), 7:05 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Jose Urena) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez), 7:05 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Junior Guerra) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Jameson Taillon), 7:05 PM EDT

New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard) @ Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta), 7:05 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Tyrell Jenkins) @ Cincinnati Reds (Cody Reed), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Tommy Milone) @ Detroit Tigers (Anibal Sanchez), 7:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Jake Peavy) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 7:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar) @ Kansas City Royals (Brian Flynn), 8:15 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Colin Rea) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez), 8:15 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell)@  Colorado Rockies (Tyler Chatwood), 8:40 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Godley), 9:40 PM EDT

Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Oakland Athletics (Dillon Overton), 10:05 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Kyle Lohse) @ Los Angeles Angels (Tim Lincecum), 10:05 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Seattle Mariners (Wade Miley), 10:10 PM EDT

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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