Evan Longoria cheers his game-winning home run that sends the Tampa Bay Rays into the 2011 playoffs.
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Fresh off a thrilling victory that vaulted them into the postseason, the Rays will open the 2011 playoffs on Friday against the Rangers in Arlington.
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Major League Baseball announced the broadcast times for this weekend's postseason contests, and the wild card Rays and AL West-champion Rangers will kick off the schedule with Game 1 of their division series at 5:07 p.m. (et).
Times for the first three games:
Friday - 5 p.m. on TBS in Texas
Saturday - 7 p.m. on TNT in Texas
Monday - 5 p.m. on TBS at Tropicana Field
Meanwhile the AL Central-champion Tigers and East-winning Yankees will open their series at 8:37 p.m. on Friday.
The National League series gets started Saturday, with the Central champion Brewers hosting the West-winning Diamondbacks at 2:07 p.m.
The Cardinals sneaked into the playoffs as the NL's wild card after the Braves lost to the Phillies on Wednesday. They now face the Phillies in a division series matchup, which starts in Philadelphia at 5:07 p.m.
Game 2 of both American League matchups is set for Saturday. The Rays and Rangers are scheduled to play at 7:07, with the Tigers-Yankees game to start at 8:37.
The National League will be featured Sunday, when the Diamondbacks and Brewers play at 4:37. The Cardinals and Phillies follow with an 8:07 start time.
Both American League series continue on Monday, when the Rays host the Rangers in St. Petersburg at 5:07. The other series shifts to Detroit, where the Tigers host the Yankees at 8:37.
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