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Friday MLB playoffs open thread

There are four baseball games today, possibly for the last time all year. Orioles foes will be in action and hopefully they will lose.

Divisional Round - Boston Red Sox v Houston Astros - Game One Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

A packed playoff baseball schedule awaits this Friday, with four games set to run potentially continuously from about 2 o'clock until whenever the game that starts at 10:30 Eastern time ends. That is a lot of hours of baseball in a row. Maybe some of it will even be good.

Things were certainly good on Thursday, as both the Red Sox and Yankees lost. They now face 1-0 deficits in their best-of-five series against the Astros and Indians, respectively, but they surely won't be panicking. With a win today, either one will be right back on track.

Red Sox-Astros is scheduled to start at 2:05 and air on Fox Sports 1.

Yankees-Indians has a 5:00 scheduled start time for MLB Network.

The two National League games are set for later in the evening, both to air on TBS. Cubs-Nationals has the peculiarly specific scheduled start time of 7:31, with Diamondbacks-Dodgers going at 10:30.

Here are the Boston-Houston lineups, the only ones posted as of this writing:

Today's Lineups

Xander Bogaerts - SS George Springer - CF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Alex Bregman - 3B
Andrew Benintendi - LF Jose Altuve - 2B
Mookie Betts - RF Carlos Correa - SS
Hanley Ramirez - 1B Evan Gattis - DH
Chris Young - DH Josh Reddick - RF
Christian Vazquez - C Yulieski Gurriel - 1B
Deven Marrero - 3B Marwin Gonzalez - LF
Jackie Bradley - CF Brian McCann - C
Drew Pomeranz - LHP Dallas Keuchel - LHP

Make it happen, Astros and Indians.