Major League Baseball announces 2020 playoff schedule

World Series to be played in Texas

FARGO, N.D. — Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced its plans for the playoffs, and they include bubbles in California and Texas due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wild Card series will feature a best-of-three series, with all games played at the higher-seeded team. The teams that advance out of the Wild Card round will then head to their perspective bubbles, with a best-of-five series to be played in the divisional round and a best-of-seven to be played in the championship series.

The World Series will be played in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Rangers.

The American League will have bubbles for the divisional round in San Diego and Los Angeles. The ALCS will be played in San Diego. The National League Division Series will be played in Arlington and Houston, with the NLCS to be played in Arlington. The AL Wild Card Series will start Tuesday, Sept. 29, with the National League starting Sept. 30.

The World Series is slated to begin Oct. 20.

Most MLB teams have less than 15 regular season games remaining in the 60-game season, shortened due to COVID-19 and tense negotiations over labor and salaries for players.

The Minnesota Twins are currently second in the American League Central Division at 30-19, and are two games behind the Chicago White Sox after losing 3-1 Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. If the Twins can finish in the top four in the American League, they would host one of the Wild Card best-of-three series, with all games being played at Target Field.

The Twins are 21-5 at Target Field this season.

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