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Fans are in for quite a treat Wednesday with eight Major League Baseball postseason games starting at noon and continuing into the night.
The playoffs began Tuesday with all Game 1 of all four American League Wild Card Series – wins for the Astros, White Sox, Rays and Yankees – and the NL joins the party today.
'Best in the league'? Why Tampa Bay Rays are the perfect squad for MLB's 2020 season
Set to win the AL East title for the first time since 2010, the Tampa Bay Rays are gearing up“It says, ‘Postseason 2020. Respect Tampa Bay,’” he said, reading the pre-fab league slogan for every playoff qualifier to a group of socially-distanced media members.
Braves-Reds (12:08 p.m.) kicks things off, followed by Twins-Astros (1:08), Cubs-Marlins (2:08), Athletics-White Sox (3:10), Rays-Blue Jays (4:07), Cardinals-Padres (5:08), Indians-Yankees (7:08) and concludes with Dodgers-Brewers (10:08) in Los Angeles.
The winners of these best-of-three series advance to the Division Series, which begin Oct. 5 (AL) and Oct. 6 (NL).
Keep it here all day for live updates and highlights from around the league.
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Extras in Atlanta
The Reds-Braves are scoreless after nine innings and have gone into extra-innings. Trevor Bauer and Max Fried were in a pitching duel on the mound. Bauer delivered perhaps the finest performance of his impressive 2020 season in his first postseason start for the Reds, striking out 12 without a walk and allowing two hits in 7 ⅔ scoreless innings. Fried was impressive himself tossing 7 innings and striking out five.
Forget the 13-3 start: Cubs look vulnerable as October looms
Like a deep-dish pizza fresh out of the oven, the Chicago Cubs came out of the gate blisteringly hot in 2020. With a new manager at the helm and the same solid nucleus in place, the resurgent Cubs won 13 of 16 games to kick off this truncated campaign, bullying bad teams (Pittsburgh Pirates), mediocre teams (Cincinnati Reds), and solid teams (Cleveland Indians) alike en route to their hottest start in more than a century. Less than three weeks into the season, the Cubs had firmly re-established themselves as the premier team in an admittedly underwhelming NL Central and silenced detractors who believed their disappointing 2019 campaign - in which Chicago missed the postseason for th
But unlike the regular season, a player is not starting the 10th inning on second base.
Brewers dynamic reliever not on active roster
Just like the San Diego Padres, the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff was dealt a major blow. Rookie relief pitcher Devin Williams was left off roster for their Wild Card Series against No. 1 seed Los Angeles Dodgers.
Williams. who emerged as one of baseball's best relievers this season, injured his shoulder last Friday. The NL Rookie of the Year candidate went 4-1 with a 0.33 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 27 innings. He gave up eight hits and one earned run all season while forming a dynamic duo with closer Josh Hader.
– Scott Boeck
Padres without aces in Wild Card Series
The San Diego Padres unveiled their Wild Card Series roster, and there were two glaring omissions. Right-handed pitchers. Lamet (right biceps tightness) and Clevinger (right elbow impingement) suffered injuries in their last starts of the regular season and were questionable heading into the playoffs.
"It legitimately is gonna be a day-to-day situation. I've seen some of the reports today that people are out or not out. We're not looking at it that way," said Padres GM A.J. Preller.
MLB playoff schedule 2020: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series
The MLB postseason is back and weirder than ever. Here's the complete 2020 MLB playoff schedule, including TV channels and start times from the Wild Card Series to the World Series.The 2020 MLB playoffs are here, with the World Series heading to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. But before two teams vie for a world championship, 16 will take the field in an expanded playoff picture that kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
The Padres will turn to Chris Paddack in Game 1 and presumably Zach Davies in Game 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
– Scott Boeck
Braves mascot Blooper sits behind home plate - in camouflage
Did Atlanta Braves mascot Blooper park himself behind home plate in a ghillie suit during the third inning of Game 1 of the Cincinnati Reds' Wild Card series in Atlanta to try to mess with Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer?
A ghillie suit is camouflage clothing designed to resemble the background environment.
ESPN play-by-play announcer Matt Vasgersian and analyst Alex Rodriguez thought it was a bizarre move by Blooper, as did many on Twitter.
"The team employees do not have to disguise themselves in camouflage as it appears the Braves' mascot has chosen to do this afternoon. ... What's going on there?" Vasgersian said.
"It's got to be hot in there," Rodriguez said.
"Is this like a Bill Belichick thing? Is he actually filming stuff in there?" Vasgersian added.
"He's having fun. He's got a great seat," Rodriguez said.
- David Clark
"I've mastered the ability of standing so incredibly still... that I become invisible to the eye."
-— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) mascot Blooper
Twins' Alex Kirilloff making history with debut
Minnesota Twins prospectto make his debut by starting a playoff game. Kirilloff, 22, is playing right field and batting sixth for the Twins in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Astros on Wednesday.
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The Padres and Cardinals meet in the opener of the best-of-three Wild Card Series at Petco Park in San Diego.Ian Happ a big fan of DH in National League
The left-handed hitter, is rated as the Twins' No. 2 prospect and 27th overall. Kiliroff is just the third player to make his MLB debut in a postseason game – but the first two to do so came off the bench.
UPDATE: In the fourth inning, Kirilloff became the first player in MLB history to record his first big league hit in the postseason with a single off Jose Urquidy..
– Chris Bumbaca
First player in MLB history to record his first big league hit in the postseason:' Alex Kirilloff.
And no cheapy: 105.9 mph exit velo— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline)
Braves or Reds will end ugly drought
When the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves complete their best-of-three series this week, one franchise.
The Reds haven’t won a playoff series since 1995. They were swept in the 2010 Division Series against Philadelphia, lost three games to two in the 2012 Division Series to San Francisco and lost in the 2013 Wild Card game in Pittsburgh.
“I like this team much more than I liked those teams,” said Joey Votto, the Reds' only holdover from those playoff runs, “and I really liked those teams.”
Atlanta has been to the postseason more often but hasn't won a playoff series since 2001 – nine consecutive series losses.
– Bobby Nightengale
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Carlos Correa, Astros overpower Athletics to win Game 1 of the ALDS .
The Astros and Athletics traded homers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series with Houston emerging with an 10-5 victory.The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics traded home runs in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, with Houston emerging as the 10-5 victors.