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Start Times for Guardians-Rays AL Wild Card Series Revealed

Adam Taylor McKillop
The MLB released start times for the Cleveland Guardians vs Tampa Bay Rays AL Wild Card series.
The MLB released start times for the Cleveland Guardians vs Tampa Bay Rays AL Wild Card series. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The MLB finalized its official 2022 postseason bracket on Tuesday night, leaving 12 teams fighting for an opportunity to take home the World Series title. Under the new postseason format, eight teams (four in each league) will battle it our in a best-of-three game Wild Card series.

One of the most highly anticipated battles features the 3-seed Cleveland Guardians and 6-seed Tampa Bay Rays. On Wednesday, MLB finally announced when first pitch will be throughout this exciting Guardians-Rays series.

Guardians-Rays AL Wild Card Start Times

The series kicks off on Friday, Oct. 7 in the early slot at 12:07 p.m. ET. The two sides play another early matchup on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 12:07 p.m. ET. The third and final game, if necessary, goes down at 4:07 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Per the MLB's new expanded postseason bracket, all three of these games will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. The Guardians capped off their first AL Central title since 2018 thanks to a 91-70 record heading into the final game of the regular season.

They'll face a Rays squad making its fourth consecutive postseason appearance after back-to-back AL East titles in 2020 and 2021. Tampa Bay limps into October after a disastrous 14-18 record since Sept. 1 and falling 8.0 games in the AL East standings.

Current MLB playoff odds on FanDuel Sportsbook favor the Guardians at -120 to defeat the Rays, who are +102 underdogs.

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