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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, right, of Japan, reacts on the mound after hitting Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus with a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
Monday on TV: Baseball's postseason starts a day early with tie-breaker game

The Major League Baseball playoffs don't actually get going until Tuesday, but there's a playoff for the playoffs tonight.

TBS will telecast an American League tiebreaker at 6 p.m. The Texas Rangers host the Tampa Bay Rays, with the winner advancing to face the Cleveland Indians in the American League Wildcard Game on Wednesday.

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Elsewhere on TV ...

NFL (6:25 p.m., ESPN): Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints

How I Met Your Mother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The older wedding guests are driving Barney and Robin crazy.

Dancing with the Stars (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The competition continues.

The Voice (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The blind auditions continue.

Bones (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A gang members is murdered.

We Are Men (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Premiere of this really terrible sitcom. (You can read more about this in a separate story on this blog.)

2 Broke Girls (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Max and Caroline fight over a smartphone.

Genealogy Roadshow (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): The show makes a stop in Detroit.

Sleepy Hollow (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The Sandman infiltrates Abbie's dreams.

iHeartradio Music Festival, Night 1 (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Performers include J. Cole, Elton John, Fun, Muse, Katy Perry, Queen & Adam Lambert, Robin Thicke, Tiesto and Keith Urban.

Women's college volleyball (8 p.m., FCS): Southern Utah at Northern Arizona

Mom (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Bonnie and Christy have put aside their differences to deal with a family crisis.

Hostages (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): There are consequences for Ellen's disobedience.

Castle (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Castle has less than 24 hours to live after he's exposed to a toxin.

The Blacklist (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Red and Liz go under cover to stop an assassin known as The Freelancer.

Independent Lens - Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): This is a fascinating documentary about Arnel Pineda - a Filipino singer who members of Journey found on the Internet and made their new lead singer. (You can read more about this in a separate story on this blog.)

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