Times are a changin

Major league baseball has made a slight change to playoff schedule that will hopefully allow Angels manager Mike Scioscia to keep his pants on.

Scioscia made a big stink about a day off between games 4 and 5 of the league championship series last October. In truth it was an awkward day off do to the fact that they were playing in the same location. So Scioscia gets to keep his pants and the day off was eliminated. Instead an extra day off is scheduled between the division series and the League championship series. The overall length of the playoffs will not be affected and it will still be a best of five for the first round.

This will make it more difficult for teams to make it thru the playoffs with only three pitchers, much like the Yankees did last year.Players are also concerned about an allowance in the postseason format that lets one best-of-five series in the first round be played over eight days rather than seven. That could be addressed for 2011.

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