MLB moving up game times for final day of season

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider
The final night of the regular season this year won't be like the final night last year.

For one thing, it won't be a final night. In most if not all cases, it will be a final day.

Because of the added wild card and the tight schedule to fit in the new play-in games, teams are moving their Oct. 3 games to early or late afternoon.

The Mariners, for example, have switched their game against the Angels from a 7:10 local time start to 3:40 p.m. The Diamondbacks have moved their game with the Rockies up to a 4:10 local start.

According to the schedule posted on, nine of the 15 games have already been moved up, with start times ranging from 12:35 for Braves-Pirates in Pittsburgh to 4:10 starts in Miami and Arizona.

By playing earlier games on the final day, MLB will give teams a chance to travel to possible tie-breaker games that would be held the following day (with the play-in games to follow).

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