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AL Wild Card Game: In Real Life

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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.

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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.

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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. 

Tweet from @JoeTrezz: Twins BP is happening. Minnesota can hit - the Twins led the AL in runs scored in the second half. pic.twitter.com/xav6suEcLw

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.

Tweet from @JoeTrezz: The Judge's Chambers, all dolled up for the postseason. #Yankees #MLB pic.twitter.com/oGYm4NLlfT

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."

Tweet from @BOOMbaca: Brett Gardner greets Yanks GM Brian Cashman pregame pic.twitter.com/BaGAcYC6IX

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.

Tweet from @BOOMbaca: #AllRise for Aaron Judge's round of BP from behind the cage pic.twitter.com/Ymo3OK3eiL

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

Tweet from @Twins: These #MNTwins fans are heading to the game!Show us how you are rockin' your Twins gear for tonight! pic.twitter.com/eH1NeLvFuL

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.

Tweet from @Feinsand: Our friends at @StratOMatic ran a simulation of tonight's game. The result? A 1-0 Yankees win on a Todd Frazier RBI double in the fifth.

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

Tweet from @JoeTrezz: Early BP at Yankee Stadium. pic.twitter.com/gfpTmqSrxI

Tweet from @JoeTrezz: Gary Sanchez swings as the Yankees prep for the AL Wild Card Game. pic.twitter.com/5VxhIsQ3rM

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

Tweet from @Twins: .@BrianDozier & @escobarmaracay chat with @IntentionalTalk pre-game! #WildCard pic.twitter.com/vMErOiakHz

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.

Tweet from @Twins: Tonight's #MNTwins lineup! #WereGonna pic.twitter.com/ZA5zGI6pod

Tweet from @Yankees: Here's how we're lining up tonight in the Bronx! https://t.co/aateoD7gm5 pic.twitter.com/YwB2ZJLs5y

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

Tweet from @JoeTrezz: Aaron Hicks chatted on field w/old Twins friends hours before 1st pitch at Stadium. MIN traded him to NYY to clear room for Buxton in 2015.

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

Tweet from @Twins: That #Postseason logo looks good. #WildCard pic.twitter.com/0l0jxGMGNU

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). 

Tweet from @castrovince: Francona on Twins-Yankees Wild Card Game: "I hope they play like 40 innings."

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

Tweet from @TwinsPics: Tonight. #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/WXBZDbaOs6

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.  

Tweet from @Yankees: Postseason ������ surprise! We're excited to host students from the Bronx in the Judge���s Chambers tonight as we celebrate our youngest fans. pic.twitter.com/FOWwFma2lc

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.

Tweet from @YESNetwork: The Judge gets added to Mural Row. pic.twitter.com/TIbzTFf1RS

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.

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