If the regular season was any indication, this year’s playoffs are going to be absolutely nuts. Can the Oakland Athletics keep their crazy run going? Will the Baltimore Orioles’ lack of depth hurt them?

Are the New York Yankees equipped to hit their way into the latter rounds of the postseason? Can the Texas Rangers get out of their funk and make the sort of run we’ve seen them make over the past two years?

How will the Washington Nationals do now that they’re actually playing meaningful games? What can we expect from the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves? Can the San Francisco Giants stay the best team in baseball?

We’ll find out the answers to all those questions over the next few weeks. Here is the 2012 MLB playoff schedule, via USA Today:

WILD CARD (one-game playoff)

AL: Baltimore (TBA) at Texas (Darvish 16-9), 8:37 p.m. (TBS)

NL: St. Louis (Lohse 16-3) at Atlanta (Medlen 10-1), 5:07 p.m. (TBS)

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DIVISION SERIES (Best-of-5; x-if necessary)

Oakland vs. Detroit

Saturday: Oakland (TBA) at Detroit (Verlander 17-8), 6:07 p.m. (TBS)

Sunday: Oakland at Detroit (TBS or MLB)

Tuesday: Detroit at Oakland (TBS)

x-Wednesday: Detroit at Oakland (TBS or MLB)

x-Oct. 11: Detroit at Oakland (TBS)

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N.Y. Yankees vs. Baltimore-Texas winner

Sunday: N.Y. Yankees (TBA) at Baltimore-Texas winner (TBS or MLB)

Monday: N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore-Texas winner (TBS)

Wednesday: Baltimore-Texas winner at N.Y. Yankees (TBS or MLB)

x-Oct. 11: Baltimore-Texas winner at N.Y. Yankees (TBS)

x-Oct. 12: Baltimore-Texas winner at N.Y. Yankees (TBS)

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Cincinnati vs. San Francisco

Saturday: Cincinnati (Cueto 19-9) at San Francisco (Cain 16-5), 9:37 p.m. (TBS)

Sunday: Cincinnati (Arroyo 12-10) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 16-11) (TBS or MLB)

Tuesday: San Francisco at Cincinnati (Mat Latos 14-4) (TBS)

x-Wednesday: San Francisco at Cincinnati (TBS or MLB)

x-Oct. 11: San Francisco at Cincinnati (TBS)

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Washington vs. Atlanta-St. Louis winner

Sunday: Washington (Gonzalez 21-8) at St. Louis-Atlanta winner (TBS or MLB)

Monday: Washington (Zimmermann 12-8) at St. Louis-Atlanta winner (TBS)

Wednesday: St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Washington (TBS or MLB)

x-Oct. 11: St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Washington (TBS)

x-Oct. 12: St. Louis-Atlanta winner at Washington (TBS)

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AL Championship Series begins Oct. 13

NL Championship Series begins Oct. 14

World Series begins Oct. 24

(Kudos USA Today)

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