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Dodgers sign first baseman-turned-knuckleballer Dan Johnson

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The Dodgers have signed pitcher Dan Johnson to a minor league contract, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports. Johnson will report to Double-A Tulsa. He has spent the season in the Atlantic League and the American Association, both independent baseball leagues.

Johnson, 37, spent parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues as a first baseman, batting .234/.335/.405 with 57 home runs and 203 RBI. One of Johnson’s most memorable moments came in late September of 2011 when, as a pinch-hitter, he hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Rays would go on to walk off 8-7 winners. The win allowed them to sneak into the playoffs as Wild Card winners.

In the independent leagues as a hitter this season, Johnson batted an aggregate .236/.329/.424 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI in 286 plate appearances. As a pitcher, he compiled a 5.92 ERA with a 55/50 K/BB ratio in 76 innings.

Wolfson did a story on Johnson last month for KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate for the Twin Cities. The story features video of Johnson throwing his knuckleball.

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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