Major League Baseball announces the start times for the Division Series through Sunday

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The postseason begins tonight when the Chicago Cubs host the Colorado Rockies in the NL Wild Card Game. Tomorrow the New York Yankees will host the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium in the AL Wild Card Game. After that, things are not fully certain, but we do know when the games will start, at least through Sunday, per MLB just announcing game times.

We know the Braves will play the Dodgers. We know the Astros will play the Indians. The Brewers and the Red Sox await their opponents in the Division Series. Here is when it’ll all go down:

A lot of times fans complain about who gets stuck with day games and who plays night games, but geography is sort of blunting that argument this year. With the Dodgers being the only NL team on Pacific time, it makes sense that they will get the latest games. Same for the A’s if they win the Wild Card. It likewise makes sense, for both ratings and for start times, for the Yankees and the Red Sox to start late. Not that MLB wouldn’t have put them in prime time even if it was logistically insane to do so.

The Brewers, Astros and Rockies may want to beef, but you can’t put everyone in prime time.

Please lodge your complaints in the comments, where they will be summarily contradicted by the complaints of others.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.