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MLB postseason schedule released

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MLB postseason schedule released

Major League Baseball released their 2012 postseason schedule on Thursday afternoon with the first pair of wild card single elimination games set for Friday, October 5th. Two divisional series will then start the following day, Saturday October 6th, and on the 7th there will be a full slate of divisional playoff games with two series' beginning and two continuing with their second games.

The regular season closes on October 3rd and any tiebreaker games that need to be played will likely be on the 4th.

Game One of the American League Championship Series will be held on October 13th and will be broadcast exclusively on TBS. The NLCS will start the next day, on the 14th, and will be aired by FOX.

The 2012 World Series is set to begin on Wednesday, October 24th at the ballpark of the National League champions. That right was awarded to the N.L. by way of their victory in this year's All-Star Game. The World Series will also be carried exclusively by Fox.

For the full explanation of this year's playoff schedule and rules, visit MLB.com.

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Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years

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Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years

WASHINGTON  -- The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.

Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal.

Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven home runs and RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. The versatile right-handed hitter got just three plate appearances off the bench in the playoffs.

In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, Kendrick is a .291 hitter with a .755 OPS. He's now primarily an outfielder for Washington after playing left field, second base, first base and other positions throughout his career.

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See hilarious highlights from Nats' Racing Presidents tryouts

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See hilarious highlights from Nats' Racing Presidents tryouts

Ever wonder how you can become one of the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents or what it takes to get the job?

The team recently detailed the requirements and held tryouts on Sunday for the next group of presidents to carry on the 12-season tradition.

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While the basic requirements are pretty standard — be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, etc. — the specifics are quite unusual compared with a typical job. Among them, presidential candidates need to be at least 5-foot-7 but no taller than 6-foot-6 and able to run from centerfield to first base in a 50-pound costume. Needless to say, those who were invited to try out had to be in pretty good physical shape.

So in bitter cold temperatures, participants raced against each other in a 40-yard dash with the 50-pound costume on. They also danced.

Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s Racing Presidents tryouts.

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