Hunt for Mr. October

Two teams from Los Angeles and two teams from the Baltimore-Washington area topped the major leagues all season long.
Will they continue their dominance in October?
With the wild-card games done, the 2014 Major League Baseball postseason continues Thursday at 5:37 p.m. on TBS, with the Orioles hosting the Tigers. Baltimore won its first division crown since 1997, while the Tigers have four straight AL Central titles.
Anaheim, winner of the most games this season, takes on wild-card winner Kansas City at 9:07 p.m. The Royals won Tuesday in their first postseason appearance since 1985.
There’s four games Friday, starting noon on TBS with the Orioles and Tigers. The Nationals, fresh off their second NL East crown in three years, host the Giants on FoxSports1 at 3 p.m.
The Cardinals and Dodgers start their series at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, and it’s Game 2 of the Angels and Royals on TBS at 9:30 p.m.
The second games in the National League will be Saturday. FoxSports1 has the Nationals and Giants at 5:30 p.m. before MLB network carries the Cardinals and Dodgers.
Both American League Series change venues Sunday, with Detroit hosting the Orioles at 3:30 p.m. on TBS before Royals takes on the Angels at 7:30 p.m.
The best-of-five series continue through Thursday, if necessary.
The Vikings and Packers start the NFL weekend Thursday at 8:25 p.m. on CBS. The Redskins and Seahawks close the week’s action Monday night on ESPN.
CBS has the Sunday doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m. with Ravens-Colts before the Chiefs travel to San Francisco. Fox will show Falcons against the Giants at 1 p.m., and the undefeated Bengals battle New England at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.
ESPN has a college football twinbill Thursday, with Central Florida against Houston at 7 p.m. followed by second-ranked Oregon hosting Arizona at 10:30 p.m. MASN2 offers Florida Atlantic against FIU at 7 p.m.
ACC newcomers meet Friday at 7 p.m., with Louisville traveling to Syracuse before Utah State battles BYU at 10:15 p.m.
Virginia Tech plays North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the ACC network game of the week.
Maryland makes its Big Ten home debut on ABC at noon, taking on Ohio State. Top-ranked Florida State takes on Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m., while other areas of the country will see Baylor-Texas. It’s back to the Big Ten for primetime,  with Nebraska at Michigan State at 8 p.m.
Notre Dame meets Stanford on NBC at 3:30 p.m. while CBS brings Alabama-Mississippi.
Fox offers Oklahoma against TCU at 3:30 p.m., followed by Arizona State meeting Southern Cal at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Texas A&M taking on Mississippi State. In primetime, LSU clashes with Auburn at 7 p.m. followed by Utah against UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Illinois meets Purdue on ESPN2 at noon, followed by Wisconsin-Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. Then its’ off to the ACC for Miami battling Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m.
Oklahoma State tangles with Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1.
Virginia hosts Pittsburgh Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, after Stony Brook meets Towson at 3:30 p.m.
MASN has Marshall against Old Dominion at noon followed by the Big 12 contest between Kansas and West Virginia.
North of the border, ESPN2 brings Calgary and Saskatchewan at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 has high school football from Georgia Friday at 7 p.m., with Norcross meeting North Gwinett.
NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup enters its second round this weekend, with 12 racers still in the chase at Kansas. The flag drops Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, and the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports network has the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 1:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 1 a.m. and practice Friday at 1 a.m.
The Capitals close out the preseason against the Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. and Hurricanes Sunday at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
Philadelphia faces Chicago in MLS play Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United hosts Sporting Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and there’s a pair of contests Saturday – Houston against the Red Bulls at 6 p.m. and Portland battling San Jose at 11 p.m.
Aston Villa meets Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Liverpool takes on West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and there’s two more Premier League games Sunday – Manchester United facing Everton at 7 a.m. before Chelsea-Arsenal.
Europa League action resumes Thursday on FoxSports1, with Krasnodar vs. Everton at noon before Tottenham Hotspur meets Besiktas at 3 p.m.
Virginia Tech visits North Carolina in women’s soccer Friday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.
Duke takes on Louisville in college field hockey on Comcast Friday at 6 p.m.
NBC offers the Bourbon Stakes from Kentucky Sunday at 5 p.m.



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