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New postseason TV schedule on tap for October

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Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his solo home run in the first inning as he runs to first base against the Mets at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 13, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Stephen Dunn

The Yankees and Mets both are off this October for the second year in a row, but MLB rules call for the postseason to carry on without them, so interested fans must get used to a new schedule in the first year of an eight-year TV deal.

The simple part is on the American League side, where Turner will carry the wild-card game, both division series and the American League Championship Series. Easy, see?

The NL might require some visits to MLB.com/postseason, where schedules and channels will be updated online.

ESPN will carry the wild-card game -- its first taste of MLB postseason since 2006. Fox Sports 1 makes its playoff debut with both National League division series, but two of the games in that round will appear on MLB Network.

The most noteworthy change will come in the NLCS, when Fox will show Games 1 and 6 but all other games will be on FS1 -- another milestone in the ongoing migration of major events from broadcast to cable, and another step in Fox's effort to close the gap between FS1 and ESPN in the cable sports wars.

The World Series will be on Fox's broadcast channel, as usual, but the Fall Classic will start on a Tuesday for the first time since 1990, thus avoiding the Thursday and Monday night games of a certain popular pro football league.

MLB's TV partners have promised to help educate fans about where to turn.

"However we can pool resources to make sure people know where to watch the games they want to watch, that's the approach we should take," said Craig Barry, Turner's senior VP of production. "It would be better for everybody."

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