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AL Wild Card Game: In Real Life

October 3, 2017

MLB.com was on the scene in New York City leading up to the American League Wild Card Game between the Twins and Yankees at Yankee Stadium.6:57 p.m. ET: I Bart NYC Current Twin, former Yankee and always Big Sexy Bartolo Colon made his postseason debut 19 years ago today. Byron

MLB.com was on the scene in New York City leading up to the American League Wild Card Game between the Twins and Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
6:57 p.m. ET: I Bart NYC
Current Twin, former Yankee and always Big Sexy Bartolo Colon made his postseason debut 19 years ago today. Byron Buxton and Luis Severino were both 4 years old.

6:49 p.m. ET: Like a rock
Staten Island native and Twins outfielder Zack Granite is a visitor in his home city tonight.

6:31 p.m. ET: On the concourse en force
Fans started filling up the Stadium as soon as the gates opened at 6 p.m. ET.

6:23 p.m. ET: Mauer ball
Joe Mauer, who's a career .292 hitter at Yankee Stadium, is thrilled to be back in the postseason.

6:15 p.m. ET: Now its the Twins' turn
Minnesota spends some time in the cage taking batting practice. 

6:02 p.m. ET: Bunting, but not in the batter's box
The Judge's Chambers, ready and waiting for students from P.S.-M.S. 89 in The Bronx to take their seats.

5:52 p.m. ET: The man with the plan
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gets a little love from his longtime outfielder Brett Gardner during batting practice and tells the media: "It's been a successful season. We want more success."


5:48 p.m. ET: Skipper on Sano
Twins manager Paul Molitor on the decision to leave Miguel Sano off his roster for tonight's game: "I think Miguel did everything he could to try to get himself ready. ... It was emotional for him because I know he wants to play, but we had to decide, that at least for now, it's not the right thing." More >

5:43 p.m. ET: In session
The other main event tonight? Aaron Judge taking batting practice.

5:28 p.m. ET: Minnesota quintuplets
These Twins fans are geared up and ready to go.

5:03 p.m. ET: Asked and answered
Byron Buxton gives an interview as the Yankees take BP in the background.

4:10 p.m. ET: Sim city
Strat-O-Matic's numbers say tonight's game is going to be a thriller.

4.06 p.m. ET: Practice makes perfect
The Yankees take some early batting practice as the Stadium gears up for tonight's tilt.

3:53 p.m. ET: Twins on TV
James Dozier and Eduardo Escobar join MLB Network's Intentional Talk on the Yankee Stadium field.

3:52 p.m. ET: Line 'em up!
The Twins and Yankees revealed their lineups for the AL Wild Card Game. Surprise: Judge and Byron Buxton made the cut.

3:37 p.m. ET: Hicks and stones
Some friendly words never hurt between former teammates. Just ask Aaron Hicks.

3:05 p.m. ET: Good to (lo)go
Byron Buxton's batting helmet, emblazoned with MLB's postseason logo for the first time.

2:37 p.m. ET: Tito, caliente
It's safe to say Indians manager Terry Francona will be watching tonight's game. The winner faces the Tribe in Game 1 of the AL Division Series presented by Doosan on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1). 

2:02 p.m. ET: Say "frieze"!
Yankee Stadium gets gussied up for another legendary game.


12:38 p.m. ET: Have gavel, will travel
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman surprised students from P.S.-M.S. 89 with tickets to sit in the Judge's Chambers for tonight's AL Wild Card Game in recognition of their acheivements in the classroom and work in the community.  

11:32 a.m. ET: Spray day
Artist Andre Trenier adds a likeness of Yanks slugger -- and September's Rookie and Player of the Month for the AL -- Aaron Judge to "Mural Row" on River Avenue outside Yankee Stadium in The Bronx.

11:30 a.m. ET: It's a beautiful day for baseball
Clouds surround the Empire State Building, which will be lit tonight for all 10 postseason teams. Game-time temperature in The Bronx is expected to be 63 degrees.