Daily Distractions: MLB announces 2013 playoff schedule.

World Series TrophyGame One of the 109th World Series is Oct. 23.

We’re not getting ahead of ourselves with a bold Dodgers prediction. We’re just stating the facts after Major League Baseball announced its postseason schedule today.

The final regular season games are Sept. 29 and the first playoff game is the National League wild-card game two days later, on Oct. 1. Any necessary regular-season tiebreaker game would be played Sept. 30 (and broadcast by TBS).

Each National League Division Series will begin on Thursday, Oct. 3 and feature a 2-2-1 format (*if necessary):

Game 1    Oct. 3
Game 2    Oct. 4
Game 3    Oct. 6
Game 4    Oct. 7*
Game 5    Oct. 9*

TBS will air 18 of the potential 20 Division Series games, while MLB Network will exclusively telecast one game on Oct. 4 and another Oct. 7.

The NLCS will be broadcast exclusively on TBS and will begin on Friday, Oct. 11. The ALCS begins the following day on FOX. A potential Game 7 of the NLCS is scheduled for Oct. 19; the ALCS would end no later than Oct. 20:

Game 1    Oct. 11
Game 2    Oct. 12
Game 3    Oct. 14
Game 4    Oct. 15
Game 5    Oct. 16*
Game 6    Oct. 18*
Game 7    Oct. 19*

FOX will broadcast the World Series for the 16th time:

Game 1    Oct. 23
Game 2    Oct. 24
Game 3    Oct. 26
Game 4    Oct. 27
Game 5    Oct. 28*
Game 6    Oct. 30*
Game 7    Oct. 31*

If you’re pragmatic, mark your calendars.

If you’re superstitious, don’t. 

A few bullet points for an Australian Flag Day:

• Jon Weisman breaks down some scenarios that explore who might be playing in the aforementioned games.

• If the Dodgers go 19-6 in September (like they did in August), they can set a record for the biggest turnaround in baseball history.

• There’s a new book out about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry.

Does science have anything to say about the Dodgers’ streak? (Hint: No.)

• Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez was ordered to pay for Brody Baum’s misdeeds.

• Yahoo! Sports’ all-Minor League team features two Dodgers, Joc Pederson and Julio Urias.

• “Speaker for the Dead” is a new track released by Steven Padin, the drummer for the Reign of Kindo. It’s easy to get lost in:

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.