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"If a game impacts another game, they're all occurring at the same time, so no team would be put into a lame-duck situation because their fate already had been decided by an earlier result," Petitti told the newspaper.

First pitch for Oct. 4 games is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

"It's a cool little wrinkle," Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said, according to the Times. "It will definitely make games more exciting that day."

The simultaneous start also could provide a disadvantage for teams firmly in the playoff mix, who could have reacted to the results of earlier games to determine what pitchers they could start -- whether they needed to trot out their ace in an attempt to gain better seeding by clinching a division title, for example.

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