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2016 MLB playoffs schedule: ALCS, NLCS both in action Saturday

Playoff baseball in Cleveland and Chicago.

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Kenta Maeda starts for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field.
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We are down to the final four teams still alive in the 2016 MLB playoffs, and Saturday brings us the first of a few days with two different League Championship Series games going.

On Saturday it’s the Toronto Blue Jays trying to even the series against the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the ALCS, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs beginning the NLCS with Game 1 from Wrigley Field.

MLB has announced start times through next Friday, and on each of the first three days with two games, the National League has been rewarded with the prime time slot, relegating Cleveland and Toronto to daytime status. In addition to Saturday, there is the potential for two games three more times — Tuesday, Wednesday (if ALCS doesn’t end in a sweep) and Saturday, Oct. 22 (NLCS Game 6 and ALCS Game 7, both if necessary).

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead over Toronto in a fantastic pitching duel on Friday night in Cleveland, with the only runs coming on a two-run home run by Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor in the sixth inning.

Jon Lester gets the start for the Cubs in Game 1 on Saturday night, facing Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers. Chicago won four of seven games between the two teams during the regular season, including three out of four at Wrigley Field.

Saturday schedule

All times ET

Blue Jays at Indians, ALCS Game 2 | 4:08 p.m.
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
J.A. Happ vs. Josh Tomlin
TV: TBS (Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken Jr., Sam Ryan)

Dodgers at Cubs, Game 1 | 8:08 p.m.
Wrigley Field, Chicago
Kenta Maeda vs. Jon Lester
TV: FS1 (Joe Buck, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal)