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NLDS schedule 2014: Dodgers host Cardinals in opening round

Game 1 will be held Friday at Dodger Stadium.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers now know their first playoff opponent. The St. Louis Cardinals will come to Dodger Stadium to open the National League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 3, in a rematch of the 2013 National League Championship Series.

The Pirates' loss to Cincinnati on Sunday clinched the National League Central division for the Cardinals, the second straight division title and fourth straight playoff appearance for St. Louis.

"I look at it like they are a tough club to play. Obviously they got us last year and in [2012] they got us in the extra-inning game that knocked us out of the wild card," manager Don Mattingly said before Saturday night's game. "They’ve been a thorn the last couple of years."

The NLDS will be televised by Fox Sports 1, with the possibility of Games 2 and/or 3 on MLB Network. The game times haven't yet been announced. Here is the schedule:

Game 1: Fri., Oct. 3 at Dodger Stadium
Game 2: Sat., Oct. 4 at Dodger Stadium
Game 3: Mon, Oct. 6 at Busch Stadium
Game 4*: Tue., Oct. 7 at Busch Stadium
Game 5*: Thu., Oct. 9 at Dodger Stadium
*if necessary

The Dodgers won four of seven games against the Cardinals during the regular season, including winning three of four games in Los Angeles from June 26-29. St. Louis won two of three games at home just after the All-Star break, from July 18-20.

"They are club that gets after it pretty good, they play hard, they play smart. And they got [Yadier Molina]," Mattingly said, "Yadi gives them a confidence that they don’t get with somebody else."

This will be the fifth time the Dodgers and Cardinals have met in the postseason. In three of the previous four series, the team with home field advantage prevailed, with only the 1985 Dodgers falling in six games to St. Louis, thanks to game-winning home runs allowed by closer Tom Niedenfuer in back-to-back games in Game 5 and Game 6.

Previous meetings

2013 NLCS: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2

2009 NLDS: Dodgers 3, Cardinals 0

2004 NLDS: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1

1985 NLCS: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2

The teams also faced off in 1946 in Major League Baseball's first-ever tiebreaker series, a best-of-three between Brooklyn and St. Louis after both teams finished their 154-game schedule at 96-58. The Cardinals won the first two games, which counted as regular season games, to advance to the World Series.