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09/30/2008 12:15 PM ET
MLB announces 2008 Division Series umpires
Joe West, Gerry Davis, Dana DeMuth and Tim Welke to serve as Crew Chiefs
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Division Series assignments

Major League Baseball has assigned the four umpiring crews that will work the American League and National League Division Series, which are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 1st and Thursday, Oct. 2nd. The four crew chiefs will be Joe West, Gerry Davis, Dana DeMuth and Tim Welke.

DeMuth, a 25-year Major League Umpire, has been assigned to the National League Division Series featuring the Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies, which is to begin on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Jim Joyce, Fieldin Culbreth, Mark Wegner, Brian Runge and Paul Nauert will comprise DeMuth's crew.

Welke, a 25-year Major League Umpire, will oversee the A.L.D.S. between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which is slated to start on Wednesday at Angel Stadium. Welke's crew will consist of regular season crew chief Tim Tschida, Ed Rapuano, Kerwin Danley, Marty Foster and Bill Miller.

Davis, a 25-year Major League Umpire, will lead the crew that will be on the field for the N.L.D.S. between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs, which is to begin on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Davis will be joined by regular season crew chief Dale Scott, Tom Hallion, Jeff Nelson, Jim Reynolds and Paul Emmel.

West, a 31-year Major League Umpire, will be behind the plate when the American League Central Champions and the Tampa Bay Rays get underway in an American League Division Series on Thursday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. West's crew will include regular season crew chief Gary Darling, Jeff Kellogg, CB Bucknor, Eric Cooper and Ron Kulpa.

Umpires for the League Championship Series and the 104th World Series will be announced when assignments have been made. A complete listing of the crews assigned to each Division Series is attached.

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