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League Championship Series game times announced

This fall's American League Championship Series comes with a guarantee: the winner will end a World Series drought that has lasted more than two decades. The Royals and Orioles will begin that quest by opening the LCS round of Major League Baseball's postseason on Friday night.

On Wednesday, the game times were announced for the ALCS pairing of Kansas City and Baltimore and the National League Championship Series between the Giants and Cardinals. The Orioles will host the Royals in the first game of their best-of-seven LCS at 8:07 p.m. ET on Friday at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Kansas City, which ousted the A's in the AL Wild Card Game and then defeated the Angels in the Division Series, is aiming to reach the World Series for the first time since winning it all in 1985. The AL East-champion Orioles took down the Tigers in their ALDS meeting and are now aiming for Baltimore's first trip to the Fall Classic since 1983.

All of the ALCS games will be aired by TBS with Game 1 scheduled for Friday, Game 2 on Saturday (4:07 p.m. ET in Baltimore), Game 3 on Monday (8:07 p.m. ET in Kansas City) and Game 4 on Tuesday (8:07 p.m. ET in Kansas City). If necessary, Game 5 will be on Oct 15 (4:07 p.m. ET in Kansas City), Game 6 on Oct. 17 (8:07 p.m. ET in Baltimore) and Game 7 on Oct. 18 (8:07 p.m ET in Baltimore).

In the Senior Circuit, the Cardinals and Giants will square off in a rematch of the 2012 NLCS. St. Louis has reached the NLCS in four consecutive seasons, winning the World Series in '11 and reaching the Fall Classic in '13. San Francisco defeated St. Louis in '12 en route to a World Series title, and also won the Series in '10.

All of this fall's NLCS will either be aired by FOX Sports 1 or FOX.

The NLCS will begin on Saturday in St. Louis, where the Cardinals will host Game 1 at 8:07 p.m. ET (FOX). Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday (8:07 p.m. ET in St. Louis on FS1), while Game 3 will be played on Tuesday (4:07 p.m. ET in San Francisco on FS1) and Game 4 on Oct. 15 (8:07 p.m. ET in San Francisco on FS1). If necessary, Game 5 will be on Oct. 16 (8:07 p.m. in San Francisco on FS1), Game 6 will be on Oct. 18 (4:07 p.m. ET in St. Louis on FOX -- or 8 ET if the ALCS is over) and Game 7 on Oct. 19 (7:37 p.m. ET in St. Louis on FS1).

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian.
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