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(LEAD) KBO announces schedules for rained out games

All Headlines 10:24 September 26, 2013

(ATTN: ADDS details about postseason schedules in paras 13-15)

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- The top domestic baseball league on Thursday released schedules for rained out games, with an aim to wrap up the regular season by the first weekend of October.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said it has scheduled four games that were canceled due to rain between Aug. 27 and Sept. 25 on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5.

On Aug. 27, the KBO had announced schedules for games that had been rained out earlier in the season, with the season set to conclude on Oct. 3.

According to the league, games that are canceled due to inclement weather after Thursday will be rescheduled on an open date.

After the NC Dinos joined the KBO this year as the ninth club, the teams will play 128 games apiece in 2013, down from 133 games each in 2012.

After Wednesday's action, teams had five to eight games remaining in their season. The KBO said no team will be forced to play seven days in a row for the rest of the season.

Though KBO clubs usually have Mondays off, they've been forced to play on Mondays since Sept. 16 to squeeze in remaining games.

The league doesn't normally schedule double headers during the season, but in case of more rainouts, the KBO said double headers may take place to ensure the regular season ends before the beginning of the postseason.

The last double header in the KBO took place in September 2012 between the Kia Tigers and the Lotte Giants.

Without a dome, the KBO is typically forced to postpone 60 to 70 games a season and to scramble to schedule makeup games over September and October.

In the KBO playoffs, the third- and fourth-place teams meet in the best-of-five first round. The winner goes on to meet the No. 2 club from the regular season in the best-of-five second round.

The regular season champion earns a bye to the best-of-seven Korean Series.

The KBO also released its playoff schedules. The first round will start on Oct. 8, and Game 5, if necessary, will end on Oct. 14, barring rainouts. The second round is scheduled to begin on Oct. 16, and Game 5, should the teams go the distance, will be played on Oct. 24.

The Korean Series will open on Oct. 24, and the seventh game, if needed, will be on Nov. 1.

All playoff games will start at 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Through Wednesday, the Samsung Lions, the LG Twins and the Doosan Bears have secured a playoff berth, and the Nexen Heroes need one more victory to join them. The pennant is still up for grabs, as the first-place Lions lead the Twins by two games with each team having seven games left.

Last year, the Lions clinched the Korean Series in six games on Nov. 1.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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