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Bob Costas to call Guardians-Yankees matchup on TBS, his first entire postseason series since 2000

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Baseball Hall of Fame broadcasters Tim McCarver, left, and Bob Costas teamed to call an MLB Network telecast of a Cardinals-Padres game in 2015 at Busch Stadium.

For the second year in a row, former longtime St. Louisan Bob Costas is  significantly involved in TBS' Major League Baseball playoff telecast plans.

Costas will do the play-by-play of the American League Division Series between the Cleveland Guardians and New York Yankees, which begins Tuesday at Yankee Stadium (6:37 p.m. St. Louis time). He'll work with analyst Ron Darling and reporter Lauren Shehadi.

Costas was host of TBS' coverage of last year's National League Championship Series, then called some regular-season games this year for TBS and MLB Network.

He has done play-by-play for a handful of postseason games in recent years but now will be calling a full series for the first time since 2000, when he was at NBC and did the Yankees-Mariners matchup in the American League Championship Series. Costas, now 70, also called three World Series in the 1990s for NBC.

Brian Anderson has the call for TBS of the other AL Division Series — Mariners vs. Astros, which begins at 2:37 p.m. Tuesday in Houston. He'll be joined by commentator Jeff Francoeur and reporter Matt Winer (a 1987 Hazelwood West High graduate).

TBS also shows the American League Championship Series, which is set to open Oct. 19, and Costas will serve as host of the pregame and postgame programs. Anderson will have the play-by-play, with analysis from Darling and Francoeur. Shehadi will be the reporter.

Fox Sports has both National League Division Series telecasts. It's new lead MLB play-by-play broadcaster, Joe Davis, calls the Philadelphia-Atlanta series and will work with analyst John Smoltz and reporter Ken Rosenthal. That begins at 12:07 p.m. Tuesday and will be shown on Fox (KTVI, Channel 2 locally).

Adam Amin (play-by-play), A.J. Pierzynski (commentary) and Tom Verducci (reporter) will broadcast the San Diego-Los Angeles Dodgers series, which begins at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday on FS1.

Davis, a Dodgers broadcaster who has taken over the lead MLB role that Joe Buck had for 26 years before moving to ESPN this year to call "Monday Night Football," also is set to call the NLCS and World Series.

Meanwhile, MLB Network will be presenting broadcasts in Spanish of the two ALDS matchups.

Fernando Álvarez (play-by-play) and José Mota (analyst) call Guardians-Yankees. Angel Ibo Castillo (play-by-play) and Yonder Alonso (analyst) have Mariners-Astros.

MLB Network also will have the Spanish version of the ALCS.



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