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Nationals Park will host its first-ever postseason game Wednesday at 1:07 p.m.
Major League Baseball announced today that Game 3 of the National League Division Series will start at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday and be televised on MLB Network, not TBS.
Fans who have waited years, or even decades, to attend their first postseason ballgame in Washington will have to skip out of work or school early. Those that can't make it to Nationals Park in person will have to hope they have access to MLB Network, which was given the rights to televise two Division Series games this year for the first time.
The game will not be picked up by any other local TV stations. MLB Network is available on most cable and satellite services, usually on a sports tier of programming. Bob Costas and former Washington Senators left-hander Jim Kaat will announce the game.
The early start time could lead to some problems for players from both the Nationals and Cardinals as well, with the afternoon sun potentially a detriment to outfielders trying to locate fly balls.
Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and the Brewers' Carlos Gomez all lost fly balls in the sun over a two-day stretch of afternoon games last month, leading to Harper coining the phrase "Sun Monster."
Nationals manager Davey Johnson will probably be OK with the early-afternoon start.
"I hope it's not 4 o'clock," Johnson said this morning. "We have a terrible sun field, and I hate for games to be decided because somebody happens to hit one in the sun. That's about 4-5 o'clock. That's when the sun is really terrible at our place."
Start times for potential Games 4 and 5 at Nationals Park Thursday and Friday have not yet been announced.