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2012 MLB playoffs schedule: Nats draw afternoon slot for NLDS Games 1 and 2

The Washington Nationals will begin their 2012 playoffs on Sunday, Oct 7 at 3:00 pm.

They await the winner of Friday's Cardinals-Braves wild-card playoff game. The Nats will then travel to either St. Louis or Atlanta for Game 1 on Sunday.

The schedule looks like this:

Game 1: @ Atlanta/St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3:00 pm

Game 2: @ Atlanta/St. Louis, Monday, Oct. 8 at 4:30 pm

Game 3: @ Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10

Game 4: (if necessary) - @ Washington, Thursday, Oct. 11

Game 5: (if necessary) - @ Washington, Friday, Oct. 12

The times for Games 3-5 have not been announced, and Games 1-2 will air on TBS. For more information about streaming these games, check out a post by Rodger Sherman.

Major League Baseball has assigned 35-year veteran umpire Joe West to this series. His crew includes Paul Emmel, Ed Hickox, Marvin Hudson, Jim Joyce and Alfonso Marquez.