Your MLB countdown: Magic numbers and rotating dance partners

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No, the four MLB playoff pairings haven’t been determined, and probably won’t until maybe the last game of the regular-season Sunday. Too many magic numbers and a lot of different playoff combos still to be sorted out.

A reminder: TBS carries all the first-round stuff, a staggering schedule that will have up to three games a day, and spill-over onto TNT if a game runs long into the start of another. TBS will also have tie-breakers on Monday and/or Tuesday if needed. The playoffs start Wednesday, and TBS also has the following ALCS (with Fox taking the NLCS and World Series).

What’s coming up as the Dodgers try to finish things off, the Angels try to avoid more injury, and the Brewers, Mets, Phillies, White Sox and Twins angle for the last spots:

TONIGHT:

==4 p.m., ESPN: Chicago Cubs at New York Mets (with Dave O’Brien and Rick Sutcliffe)
==7 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket: San Diego Padres at Dodgers (with Vin Scully)
==7 p.m., FSN West: Angels at Seattle Mariners (with Rory Markas and Mark Gubicza)

THURSDAY:

==7 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket: San Diego Padres at Dodgers (with Vin Scully)
==7 p.m., FSN West: Angels at Seattle Mariners (with Rory Markas and Mark Gubicza)

FRIDAY:

== 5 p.m., ESPN: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers (with Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Steve Phillips). It’s the network’s final regular-season telecast. Boo-hoo.
==7 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket: Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (with Vin Scully)
==7 p.m., FSN West: Texas Rangers at Angels (with Rory Markas and Mark Gubicza)

SATURDAY:

==12:55 p.m., KTTV Channel 11: Fox decided on Thursday that it will go with Chicago Cubs-Milwaukee with (Josh Lewin and Tim McCarver) for the L.A. market (and 32 percent of the country). It will also cut into N.Y. Yankees-Boston (with Dick Stockton and Jerry Remy), Philadelphia hosting Washington and Minnesota hosting Kansas City. Why no New York Mets-Florida?
==6 p.m., KCOP Channel 13: Texas Rangers at Angels (with Rory Markas and Mark Gubicza)
==6 p.m., FSN Prime Ticket: Dodgers at San Francisco (with Vin Scully)

SUNDAY:

==10 a.m., TBS: Florida Marlins at New York Mets (with Chip Caray and Harold Reynolds) — this could be the last game ever played at Shea Stadium.
==1 p.m., KCAL Channel 9: Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (with Vin Scully)
==12:30 p.m., FSN West: Texas Rangers at Angels (with Rory Markas and Mark Gubicza)

Into the postseason:
KSPN-AM (710) will have the ability to carry the ESPN Radio feed of all playoff contests — including games that involve the Angels and Dodgers, even though their flagship stations (830-AM and 790-AM, respectively) will also have them (the Dodgers using Scully for all games, doing the first three and last three innings, with Charley Steiner and Rick Monday in the middle three). The only possible conflict for KSPN is USC football live games, but MLB playoffs take precident over any Clippers exhibition games or “Monday Night Football” broadcasts.

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