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Rankings: Wild Card Series elimination stress

@williamfleitch
10:45 AM EDT

After a thrilling, exhausting, entirely unprecedented day of postseason baseball, the period of rest you will receive afterward closely resembles “zero.” There are five more games today, and six teams facing elimination. That’s stress, in its purest baseball form. Win, and you get to play another day. Lose, and hey

Wild, unforgettable win sends Yanks to ALDS

@BryanHoch
3:37 AM EDT

There was no raucous, boozy celebration in the visiting clubhouse at Progressive Field, as there was three years ago for a Yankees postseason triumph that seemingly transpired in a different universe. Instead, the Yankees bumped fists, acknowledging that their October is only getting started. DJ LeMahieu ripped a tie-breaking single

Marlins-Cubs Game 2 postponed until Friday

16 minutes ago

Thursday's scheduled Game 2 of the National League Wild Card Series between the host Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins has been postponed due to forecasted inclement conditions, Major League Baseball announced. Game 2 has been rescheduled for Friday afternoon at 2:08 p.m. (ET)/1:08 p.m. (CT) on ABC, unless there

White Sox-A's Game 3 FAQ (ESPN, 3 ET)

@MartinJGallegos and @scottmerkin
11:45 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- The A’s escaped with a 5-3 win over the White Sox on Wednesday at the Coliseum, setting up a win-or-go home Game 3 of the American League Wild Card Series for Thursday. The White Sox tabbed Dane Dunning for Game 3, while the A's picked Mike Fiers. It

Cards-Padres Game 2 FAQ (ESPN, 7 ET)

@anne__rogers and @AJCassavell
3:01 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- Fourteen years ago, the Padres’ last trip to the postseason came to an abrupt end with Adam Wainwright on the mound for St. Louis. On Thursday, they have a chance for revenge -- or else they’ll be headed home again. • Wild Card Series presented by Hankook

Brewers-Dodgers Game 2 FAQ (ESPN, 10 ET)

@AdamMcCalvy and @kengurnick
4:09 AM EDT

Following the Dodgers’ 4-2 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday, they’ll go for a sweep in the best-of-three National League Wild Card Series with three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw on the mound. Meanwhile, Brandon Woodruff and the Brewers will try to stay alive and force a Game 3.

9 crazy plays in longest 9-inning game ever

@MannyOnMLB
3:55 AM EDT

When it was all said and done in Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series between the Yankees and Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday night, New York was celebrating a win to advance to the AL Division Series against their AL East rivals, the Rays. How they

5 reasons Yanks are again AL favorites

@castrovince
11:05 AM EDT

The postseason bracket and the head-to-head results from the regular season tell us that the No. 5 seed Yankees enter their American League Division Series showdown with the No. 1 seed Rays as underdogs. Nah, sorry, not buying it.

Dunning, Fiers picked to start Game 3

11:59 AM EDT

The White Sox picked rookie Dane Dunning while the A's turned to veteran Mike Fiers to start the decisive Game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series on Thursday. White Sox manager Rick Renteia and A's manager Bob Melvin made the decision prior to the 3 p.m. ET game (ESPN).

Eyeing future, LA and Buehler cautious in win

@kengurnick
3:09 AM EDT

At the risk of looking ahead, the Dodgers have been looking ahead to the World Series all year. So, when Walker Buehler is striking out a pair of batters an inning in the best-of-three Wild Card Series opener and he doesn’t make it through half the game, it’s just the

With sweep of Jays, Rays returning to ALDS

@juanctoribio
1:15 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- Making the postseason in 2019 was a big accomplishment for the Rays. It was the first taste of the playoffs for a young core, something the organization knew would pay dividends moving forward. Following that experience, the Rays secured the No. 1 seed and won the American

Astros sweep: 'We deserve a lot of respect'

@brianmctaggart
September 30, 2020

An Astros team that struggled to make the playoffs, finished the season with a sub-.500 record and wasn’t given much of a chance to beat the Twins in the American League Wild Card Series has suddenly found its postseason swagger.

3 teams advance, 5 more could today!

@RichardJustice
2:41 AM EDT

The Yankees-Rays ALDS that has seemed inevitable is now set in stone as both clubs finished two-game sweeps of their Wild Card Series on Wednesday. That’s the headline of day two of the playoffs. The Astros delivered the first surprise of the postseason by sweeping two games from the Twins.

Fiers gets the start in decisive WCS Game 3

@MartinJGallegos
31 minutes ago

OAKLAND -- Mike Fiers had to sit on the bench at Yankee Stadium for the 2018 American League Wild Card Game and watch the A’s get eliminated from the postseason without pitching, despite putting up numbers many felt were worthy of starting that game.

Freeman's walk-off ends Game 1 duel in 13th

@mlbbowman
12:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Not long after delivering the walk-off single that gave the Braves a 1-0, 13-inning win over the Reds in Game 1 of the National League Wild Card Series on Wednesday afternoon, Freddie Freeman explained the wave emotions felt in this historical nail-biter. “It was a very stressful 4

Cards pounce in SD: 'We sent a message'

Goldschmidt homers in 4-run 1st; bullpen holds off Padres
@anne__rogers
1:24 AM EDT

Entering their National League Wild Card Series against the Padres, all questions this week were on the Cardinals’ offense and how it would overcome its struggle to produce consistently in the regular season. St. Louis provided some answers to those questions right out of the gate on Wednesday.

Garrett takes blame; Reds make catching change

@m_sheldon
12:00 PM EDT

Reds left-handed reliever Amir Garrett had not been in the clubhouse for very long after Wednesday’s 1-0 Game 1 loss to the Braves in the National League Wild Card Series when he took to Twitter and took the blame for throwing the decisive pitch in the 13th inning.

Sixto leads generation inspired by Pedro

@castrovince
19 minutes ago

Sixto Sánchez wears No. 73 on his back. But the number tattooed on his neck -- and housed in his heart -- is 45. That was Pedro Martínez’s number. And Sánchez, who will make his postseason debut starting for the upstart Marlins in Game 2 of their Wild Card Series

A's early outburst holds up to force Game 3

@MartinJGallegos
3:02 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- The A’s had no doubts about Chris Bassitt -- September’s American League Pitcher of the Month -- showing up big in the most important game of the year. The onus was going to fall on the offense to provide him with support.

Vets power Marlins to 1st playoff W since '03

@JoeFrisaro
12:00 AM EDT

A year ago at this time, the Marlins’ front office was tasked with advancing the franchise’s building process. The club had come off a 105-loss season, and the directive from ownership was to add impactful players to upgrade an offense that ranked at or near the bottom in many significant

Heated past sets ALDS stage for Rays, Yanks

East foes bring long-brewing rivalry to postseason for 1st time
@feinsand
2:55 AM EDT

The Yankees and Rays have had plenty of tense moments this season during their battle for the American League East, but those might pale in comparison to what lies ahead next week. New York and Tampa Bay will match up in a best-of-five AL Division Series with a trip to

Best game of Gio's life, and at a perfect time

@BryanHoch
4:20 AM EDT

The most coveted accessory within the Yankees’ traveling party is an oversized blue leather belt, emblazoned with a trio of golden plates that identify its owner as the ‘player of the game.’ For years, its existence has frequently spurred in-game lobbying throughout the team’s dugout. When the Yankees held their

Bauer 'gave us everything' in historic G1 start

@m_sheldon
12:20 AM EDT

Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer made history, then fell on the wrong side of it Wednesday afternoon in Game 1 of the National League Wild Card Series against the Braves. Cincinnati lost, 1-0, in a 13-inning thriller to go down 1-0 in the best-of-three series.

A postseason first: 11 innings, zero runs

@AndrewSimonMLB
12:19 AM EDT

Eleven innings, and zeroes across the board. That was the unprecedented situation in Wednesday afternoon’s National League Wild Card Series Game 1 between the Reds and Braves at Atlanta’s Truist Park.

Tatis focus of Cardinals' bullpen strategy

@AJCassavell
3:00 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- For all the memorable moments Fernando Tatis Jr. has authored in 2020, his ink ran dry on Wednesday. The Padres' superstar shortstop pounded out a hit and drew a walk in his first postseason game. But after the Padres’ tense 7-4 defeat against the Cardinals in Game