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Baseball playoffs 2011 begin with AL divisional games Friday

Baseball playoffs: The Rays and Rangers get the 2011 MLB postseason under way Friday afternoon in Texas, followed by the Yankees and Tigers. The National League playoffs start on Saturday.

Ground keepers DT Crymes, top, and Shawn Darwin paint AL division series logo an the field at the baseball park in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 29. The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers are slated to play Game 1 on Friday.

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Friday is the start of Major League Baseball's 'second season' - the playoffs.

Destiny's darlings, the Tampa Bay Rays, whose September surge pushed them into the postseason, take on the defending American League champion Texas Rangers Friday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.

A pair of left-handers will start in Game 1 for Rays and Rangers. Tampa Bay rookie pitcher Matt Moore will start for the Rays, while C.J. Wilson gets the ball for Texas. Game time is scheduled for 5:07 p.m. ET.

Friday night, the New York Yankees play host to the Detroit Tigers and their American League Cy Young Award candidate, Justin Verlander.

The Tiger right-hander had the best pitching record in the major leagues this season, 24 wins versus five losses. New York counters with the towering C.C. Sabathia, who was 19-8 this year. Game 1 of the Yankees-Tigers series is scheduled to start at 8:37 p.m. ET.

Both games will be televised by TBS.

On Saturday, the National League gets started in the afternoon while the AL continues at night.


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