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All 8 of today's playoff games, ranked

9:26 AM EDT

There is so much baseball -- vital, tense baseball -- on Wednesday that if you are not careful, your brain will explode. In an ideal world, human beings would have 10-16 eyeballs so they could watch every second of each of these games. Alas, we are stuck with these mere

HOU-MIN Game 2 lineups, FAQ (ESPN2, 1 ET)

@dohyoungpark and @brianmctaggart
an hour ago

Well, here they are again. Minnesota is facing elimination from the playoffs, a familiar situation to not only the franchise -- which has been bounced early in its past seven postseason appearances -- but also to this particular group of Twins, which fell in a three-game sweep to the Yankees

MIA-CHC Game 1 lineups, FAQ (ABC, 2 ET)

@MLBastian and @JoeFrisaro
27 minutes ago

CHICAGO -- The Wild Card Series between the Cubs and Marlins will be a tale of two franchises. On one side, you have a Cubs team filled with October-tested veterans and a core group that has delivered a World Series championship (2016) and five postseason trips in six years. On

White Sox-A's Game 2 FAQ (ESPN, 3 ET)

@MartinJGallegos and @scottmerkin
1:02 AM EDT

OAKLAND -- It’s do-or-die time for the A’s. Following Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the White Sox at the Coliseum in Game 1 of the American League Wild Card Series -- their sixth consecutive postseason loss -- Oakland will need to snap a nine-game losing streak in elimination games to keep

Blue Jays-Rays Game 2 FAQ (TBS, 4 ET)

@KeeganMatheson and @juanctoribio
12:10 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- The beauty and challenge of the American League Wild Card Series is that, just one game in, the Blue Jays are facing a must-win situation after the Rays and their dominant pitching staff took the Game 1 win, 3-1, on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. After Blake Snell

Cards-Padres Game 1 FAQ (ESPN2, 5 ET)

@anne__rogers and @AJCassavell
1:14 AM EDT

The Padres are set to begin their first postseason in 14 years the same way they ended the last one -- by facing the Cardinals. With a dramatic final-day clinch, St. Louis locked up the No. 5 seed on Sunday, ensuring a best-of-three National League Wild Card Series between the

Yankees-Indians Game 2 FAQ (ESPN, 7 ET)

@MandyBell02 and @BryanHoch
1:56 AM EDT

CLEVELAND -- What was touted as one of the most intense duels of the season instead produced a one-sided slugfest, with Gerrit Cole outpitching Shane Bieber in the Yankees’ 12-3 victory over the Indians in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series on Tuesday. But that doesn’t mean Wednesday night

Brewers-Dodgers Game 1 FAQ (ESPN, 10 ET)

@AdamMcCalvy and @kengurnick
3:02 AM EDT

When the Dodgers drew the Nationals as a first-round opponent last year, Washington was considered an underdog to fear because of starting pitching. But the Nationals had won 93 games. This year’s unique rules for the best-of-three Wild Card Series seem stacked in favor of the Dodgers. All games will

Kirilloff just the third to debut in postseason

26 minutes ago

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Kirilloff is known to be a stoic person -- to say the least. Even when Twins manager Rocco Baldelli phoned Kirilloff, the organization's No. 2 prospect, on Monday night to inform him of his callup to the Major Leagues, the 22-year-old outfielder didn't break character. "I chatted

Pache, Panda named to Braves' WC roster

10:58 AM EDT

ATLANTA -- Top prospect Cristian Pache and seasoned postseason veteran Pablo Sandoval were both part of the 28-man roster the Braves submitted before beginning their Wild Card Series against the Reds on Wednesday.

Cubs go with familiar faces in WC Series

38 minutes ago

CHICAGO -- Much of the Wild Card Series roster that was unveiled by the Cubs on Wednesday morning had a familiar look. And the main pieces are not only familiar from this season, but from recent Octobers.

Reds set roster: Davidson, Jankowski in

Bell goes with 12 pitchers; DeSclafani, Romano left off
an hour ago

Manager David Bell’s desire to have more bench flexibility and his confidence in his starting pitchers was reflected when the Reds revealed their 28-man roster for the National League Wild Card Series against the Braves on Wednesday ahead of Game 1. Cincinnati will have 16 position players and 12 pitchers,

This playoff skid worst in US sports history

September 29, 2020

The Twins extended their Major League-record postseason losing streak to 17 games with their 4-1 loss to the Astros on Tuesday afternoon at Target Field in Game 1 of the American League Wild Card Series. • AL Wild Card Series presented by Hankook Tire, Game 2: Wed., 12 p.m. CT

7 snapshots from 1st day of 2020 postseason

1:06 AM EDT

This was the appetizer, the warmup act. This one was about Lucas Giolito flirting with history and the Yankees getting the best of Shane Bieber and the Astros coming back on the Twins in the ninth inning. As we prepare for The Greatest Day of Postseason Baseball There Has Ever

Cole K's 13 as Yanks rock Bieber in Game 1

1:47 AM EDT

Gerrit Cole could never have anticipated the twists and turns of his first season with the Yankees, but this brand of challenge was exactly what the ace envisioned when he slipped on a pinstriped jersey for the first time and remarked that “pressure is a privilege.” Saying that he loved

Giolito in 'bully stage' with near-perfect win

White Sox ace flirts with history in postseason debut
1:16 AM EDT

As Lucas Giolito retired the first 18 A’s batters faced during a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of the American League Wild Card Series on Tuesday afternoon at Oakland, the White Sox couldn’t help but think about their ace’s no-hitter against Pittsburgh on Aug. 25. But for Giolito, his first

Snell 'lights-out' as Rays win Wild Card G1

12:11 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG -- As he was coming up through the organization, Blake Snell always knew that he wanted to be the type of pitcher the Rays called on when it mattered most. Because of injuries, Snell wasn’t able to get the Game 1 start against the Astros in last year’s

Astros rally, ride Framber's relief to G1 win

1:05 AM EDT

A mostly empty Target Field in late September 2020 is a long way from a packed Dodger Stadium in early November 2017. A lot has happened to the Astros since they won their only World Series with a Game 7 triumph in Los Angeles three years ago, when starter Charlie

Times, networks set through Wild Card Series

September 29, 2020

A year that has looked like no other will have a similarly unique finish. Major League Baseball's schedule for the 2020 postseason is highlighted by the first neutral-site Fall Classic in modern history. Not only will the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all be played at neutral-site

Belli, Yeli eager for clean slates in playoffs

@AdamMcCalvy and @kengurnick
3:00 AM EDT

For Cody Bellinger, maybe the most maddening day was Aug. 11, when he grounded into inning-ending double plays in two of the first three innings of a Dodgers loss to the Padres. Bellinger might be the fastest Los Angeles player, and it was the first time -- and remains the

Judge's blast sets tone for Yankees' outburst

Gleyber, Gardner have huge games as NY belts four home runs
1:45 AM EDT

It was a sequence that Gerrit Cole described as “a left jab and a right hook,” as DJ LeMahieu laced a leadoff single to right field and Aaron Judge slugged the fourth pitch of the ballgame over the wall in right-center field. That one-two combo seemed to stun Shane Bieber

Maeda joins Johan in Twins postseason lore

1:02 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Kenta Maeda took the mound for his first playoff start in four years, he was pitching with so much redemption on the line -- personal and otherwise. He was pitching for his status after being shunted to the bullpen by the Dodgers for the last three postseasons.

Padres pick Paddack to start Gm. 1 vs. Cards

3:00 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- In July, Chris Paddack was the Padres' Opening Day starter and their presumed ace. A week ago, he was on the postseason roster bubble. Now, with San Diego mere hours from its first postseason game since 2006, it's Paddack who will take the ball for Game 1

Who's played for the most '20 playoff clubs?

Closets just stuffed with jerseys
12:03 AM EDT

On Wednesday, eight high-stress, don’t-blink baseball games featuring every single one of the 16 teams who reached the postseason will be played. Games start at noon ET and should go until about 1 a.m. ET, with every second featuring heart-pounding action. It just may be the wildest day in baseball

Top 50 players in the postseason, ranked

September 28, 2020

Obviously, the intensity of the next week of baseball -- so many hopes and dreams are going to be gone like that -- will focus on the teams and their results, but let’s not forget that, in many ways, this is still an individual sport, batter vs. pitcher, one on