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How many ex-Royals will we see today?

MLB: NLDS-Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

It is an embarrassment of riches for baseball fans today, as the playoffs present a full slate of games from each Divisional Series. Starting at 1 p.m. CT, the Indians and Astros get their series underway with Game 1 from Houston. The rage this post-season has been “bullpenning” but don’t expect that in this game with Corey Kluber taking on Justin Verlander in one of the best pitching matchups you can expect this fall. The game airs on TBS.

At 3 p.m., the Rockies and Brewers continue their series after yesterday’s thrilling extra-inning walk-off performance by Mike Moustakas, giving the Brewers a 1-0 series lead. The Brewers will have Jhoulys Chacin start on three days’ rest against Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson. The game airs on FS1.

The prime-time game is, of course, Yankees-Red Sox. The two teams haven’t faced each other in the post-season since the infamous comeback by the Red Sox in 2004. The two franchises went in very different directions after that, and the Red Sox come in as the top team in baseball with 107 wins. J.A. Happ goes for the Yankees against Chris Sale. Do you care to comment on that, Chris?

The game begins at 6:32 on ESPN.

Finally, the Dodgers will try to take a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Braves after taking Game 1. Anibal Sanchez revived his career this year and will go for the Braves against Dodgers starter and best-pitcher-of-our-generation (although not so much in the post-season) Clayton Kershaw. The game begins at 8:37 at Dodger Stadium, to air on FS1.