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Cal Ripken will be in TBS booth for Orioles wild-card game Friday

Cable channel TBS Thursday announced that Cal Ripken will be in the booth Friday night as an analyst when the Baltimore Orioles take on the Texas Rangers in a one-game wild-card showdown in Texas.

He will be joined by Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and John Smoltz (analyst), with Craig Sager on the field. The telecast is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.

Here's the release from TBS with the playoff lineups:

TBS’s coverage of the 2012 MLB Postseason will begin with the exclusive presentation of the first-ever, single-elimination Wild Card presented by Budweiser on Friday, Oct. 5, a doubleheader featuring the Atlanta Braves hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at 5 p.m. ET and the Baltimore Orioles visiting the Texas Rangers at 8:30 p.m. 

Brian Anderson will provide play-by-play commentary for Cardinals/Braves with analysts Ron Darling and Joe Simpson and reporter Tom Verducci.  Ernie Johnson will call Orioles/Rangers with analysts John Smoltz and Cal Ripken, Jr., and reporter Craig Sager. Matt Winer will host the MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart pregame show with analysts Dennis Eckersley and David Wells at 4:30 p.m.

Following are the commentator pairings through the opening days of the MLB Postseason:

Friday, Oct. 5    4:30 p.m.    MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
Matt Winer, Dennis Eckersley and David Wells

5 p.m.    N.L. Wild Card Game: St. Louis at Atlanta
Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Joe Simpson and Tom Verducci

8:30 p.m.    A.L. Wild Card Game: Baltimore at Texas
Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz, Cal Ripken and Craig Sager

Post-game    Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan
Saturday, Oct. 6    5:30 p.m.    MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
Winer, Eckersley and Wells

6 p.m.    ALDS, Game 1: Oakland at Detroit
Don Orsillo, Buck Martinez and Jaime Maggio

9:30 p.m.    NLDS, Game 1: Cincinnati at San Francisco
Anderson, Darling, Simpson and Verducci   

Post-game    Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan
Winer, Eckersley and Wells

Postseason.TV Returns for 2012 MLB Postseason
TBS and MLB Advanced Media will once again collaborate to bring fans additional access to the MLB Postseason (Wild Card, ALDS, NLDS and ALCS) with the return of Postseason.TV, a digital companion video product which complements TBS’ game telecasts.  The subscription-based Postseason.TV, available via broadband for a one-time fee of $4.99, will stream up to 10 alternate camera angels live for every game televised by TBS allowing fans to customize their online viewing experience.  Postseason.TV will be available through and its At Bat 12 app for mobile phones and tablet devices. Subscribers can watch one camera angle or view up to four different cameras simultaneously through a mosaic display.

Additional online coverage of the MLB Postseason, including real-time, customized content for each Postseason team, can be found via and the Bleacher Report Team Stream app for tablets and mobile devices.

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