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What’s on Tap: Previewing Saturday’s action

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The last time Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound, he came four outs shy of his first career no-hitter. Replicating that kind of success is no easy feat, but the Red Sox wouldn’t mind another win after trouncing the Blue Jays 13-3 during Friday’s series opener.

One brilliant start aside, Rodriguez has muddled through the season at the back end of the Red Sox’ rotation, sporting a hefty 3.29 BB/9 rate and 1.54 HR/9 rate and working a 4.89 FIP through 82 innings. Behind him, Boston’s offense is averaging just over four runs of support per start, but after outscoring their opponents 53-13 in their last week’s worth of games, finding runs doesn’t appear to be an issue.

Facing Rodriguez and the Red Sox is Blue Jays’ hurler J.A. Happ, who carries a 3.94 FIP and has been competing for starts within Toronto’s six-man rotation. Unlike Rodriguez, Happ got shelled in his last outing after the Rays tagged him for three runs, two walks, and two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings pitched. He hasn’t dominated a lineup in a full month, when he tossed four scoreless frames against an earlier iteration of the Rays’ lineup and won, 7-0.

The Red Sox and Blue Jays are set for a rematch at 1:05 PM EDT. The rest of Saturday’s action:

Chicago Cubs (John Lackey) @ Houston Astros (Collin McHugh), 1:05 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez) @ Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman), 4:05 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer) @ New York Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka), 4:05 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Robert Stephenson) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Drew Hutchison), 7:05 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @ Detroit Tigers (Jordan Zimmermann), 7:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Mike Clevinger) @ Minnesota Twins (Hector Santiago), 7:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez) @ Chicago White Sox (James Shields), 7:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Rich Hill) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Bartolo Colon) @ Atlanta Braves (John Gant), 7:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 7:15 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Johnny Cueto) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Archie Bradley), 8:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) @ San Diego Padres (Christian Friedrich), 8:40 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels) @ Los Angeles Angels (Daniel Wright), 9:05 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 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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