MLB playoffs 2020: Yankees vs. Rays and how to watch playoff baseball today without cable – CNET

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After an expanded Wild Card round that included 16 teams with the eight higher seeds hosting best-of-three series, Major League Baseball has moved to a bubble format similar to the NBA playoffs for the remainder of its postseason, with games played at neutral sites. American League teams will play in Los Angeles and San Diego; National League teams will play in Houston and Arlington, Texas. The World Series will be played in Arlington at Globe Life Park, the new home of the Texas Rangers.

Three divisional series ended yesterday. The Braves swept the Marlins, the Dodgers swept the Padres and the Astros knocked out the A's in four games. Only one divisional series is going the distance. The Yankees beat the Rays on Thursday to force a Game 5 tonight. Gerrit Cole will start on three days' rest for the Yankees, while the Rays will turn to Tyler Glasnow on only two days' rest.

ALDS
Gerrit Cole will start Game 5 on three days' rest for the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS.


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Postseason games on Friday, Oct. 9

  • Yankees vs. Rays, Game 5 at 7:10 p.m. ET (4:10 p.m. PT) on TBS

Read on for details on how you can watch today's game along with the rest of the 2020 MLB playoffs without cable.

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What's the schedule for the rest of the postseason?

The American League Championship Series starts on Sunday, Oct. 11. The Astros will play either the Yankees or Rays. The National League Championship Series between the Braves and Dodgers begins on Monday, Oct. 12. Game times have yet to be announced.

The 2020 World Series begins Tuesday, Oct 20. 

What channels do I need to watch the MLB playoffs?

The ALCS will be on TBS and the NLCS will be on MLB Network, Fox and FS1. The World Series will be broadcast on Fox.

How can I watch the MLB playoffs without cable?

You don't need cable or satellite TV to watch the MLB postseason. All of the channels that show playoff games are offered on most major live TV streaming services, and all of them offer Fox for the World Series. Not every service carries your local Fox station, however, so check the links below to make sure it's available in your area.

If you just want to watch the World Series on Fox, you can do so with an over-the-air digital antenna. We have a few cheap suggestions for the best indoor antennas.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all four channels required to watch the rest of postseason baseball. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

Read our YouTube TV review.

AT&T TV Now's basic $55-a-month Plus package includes all of the postseason baseball channels except MLB Network, which is part of the $110-per-month Choice package. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.

Read our AT&T TV Now review.

Sling offers Fox only in a handful of areas. Otherwise its $45-a-month Blue/Orange package includes all the postseason baseball channels except for MLB Network. To get MLB Network, you must spring for the $10-a-month Sports Extra add-on.

Read our Sling TV review.

Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes all of the postseason baseball channels except MLB Network. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.

Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

FuboTV costs $65 a month and includes all of the postseason baseball channels except TBS. Click here to see which local channels you get.

Read our FuboTV review.

Other ways to watch postseason baseball online

MLB.TV is great for watching out-of-market baseball games during the regular season, but it's less useful for tuning into baseball's postseason because you must be a subscriber to a participating pay TV provider. The list is short and can be found here. If you are a subscriber to one of the pay TV providers listed, the MLB.TV Postseason Package will run you $25. To sweeten the deal, the Postseason Package includes spring training games next year. 

Another option if you're a cable subscriber is using the Fox Sports Go app. Unlike the MLB.com At Bat, you can watch the World Series for free — well, for no more than you're already paying for cable. The Fox Sports Go app works with iOS devices, Android devices and the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as with Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku and Xbox. You can also access Fox Sports Go from a computer.

You can use the free Watch TBS app or TBS.com to watch the ALDS and ALCS but you'll need to prove you pay for cable. The TBS app works with the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku platforms.

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