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AL Wild Card

Dallas, Houston KO Yanks, advance to ALDS

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NEW YORK -- The Astros, the team nobody believed would make the postseason this year, were dancing and celebrating on hallowed grounds. They were unfazed by the moment and the stage and the opponent.

Dallas Keuchel continued his season-long mastery of the Yankees with six more scoreless innings, Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered off Masahiro Tanaka, and the Astros advanced to the American League Division Series with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night in the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser at Yankee Stadium.

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NEW YORK -- The Astros, the team nobody believed would make the postseason this year, were dancing and celebrating on hallowed grounds. They were unfazed by the moment and the stage and the opponent.

Dallas Keuchel continued his season-long mastery of the Yankees with six more scoreless innings, Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered off Masahiro Tanaka, and the Astros advanced to the American League Division Series with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night in the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser at Yankee Stadium.

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Video: Must C Clinch: Astros roll past Yanks into ALDS

"We're going to have to earn a lot more wins to get where we want to get, but this team is pretty special," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Let's see what happens."

• Justice: 2015 Astros reminiscent of 2014 Royals

Video: AL WC: Hinch on Keuchel's dominance against Yankees

With the victory, the Astros move on to face the Royals in the best-of-five ALDS, which begins on Thursday night in Kansas City (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). The Yanks' first postseason appearance in three years was brief, due in large part to Keuchel, who limited them to three hits in a seven-strikeout performance, pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his pro career.

"I felt better than a week's rest, I'll tell you that," said Keuchel. "I think with the command I need and the stuff I possess, I really feel like I'm better suited for shorter rest than longer rest, and I think a lot of those guys would say the same thing." 

• 10 cool facts about Keuchel's Wild Card Game gem

Video: AL WC: Keuchel K's seven over six scoreless innings

Over the course of three starts against the Yankees this season, Keuchel fired 22 innings without allowing a single run. The Yanks gave the ball to Tanaka, but the right-hander lasted just five innings, serving up a solo shot to Rasmus in the second inning and another to Gomez in the fourth.

• Astros' aggressiveness pays off

"We had some good vibes going, and with Dallas on the mound, I think that gave us a calming sense," Rasmus said. "Thankfully I was able to hit that home run to get everybody feeling loose and having fun and not tight. I think we stayed poised in this environment, and guys fed off it."

Jose Altuve lined a run-scoring single off Dellin Betances in the seventh inning, providing insurance for the Astros, who secured their first postseason victory since the 2005 National League Championship Series. 

Video: AL WC: Keuchel talks about the Astros' Wild Card win

"Unbelievable," said Keuchel. "To come into their place and play extremely well was more than I could ask for. I didn't think we were going to play that well. I thought we were going to play a little bit better than average, but to come to Yankee Stadium and play that well is really remarkable."  

• Castro's framing picture-perfect for Keuchel

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gomez returns with a bang: Gomez, who had started once since Sept. 12 because of a mild left intercostal strain, returned to the lineup and clubbed a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning in his second at-bat. It was the second postseason homer of Gomez's career. The other came for Milwaukee in Game 4 of the 2011 NLDS in Arizona.

"I just tried to be simple, because I've been through a lot of injuries this year, everybody knows how I've been the last couple days, trying to put myself in the game," said Gomez. "And today, I got an early phone call from my manager and the trainer about how I feel, and I said, 'I don't know, I'm going to tell you when I get to the field, but put me in the lineup.' They made the decision and put me in the lineup." More >

Video: AL WC: Gomez extends lead with solo homer in the 4th

Tanaka done after five: Yankees manager Joe Girardi promised that he would not hesitate to get his bullpen involved in the game, and so with Rasmus and Gomez both due up in the sixth inning, he pulled Tanaka in favor of left-hander Justin Wilson. It resulted in a scoreless sixth, but Tanaka's five-inning postseason debut wasn't exactly what they had in mind when they gave him a $155 million contract. Tanaka permitted four hits and three walks, striking out two and throwing 49 of 83 pitches for strikes.

"I took him out after five innings because our seven-eight-nine guys were as good as anyone in the league," Girardi said. "I knew we really couldn't afford to give them any more runs, the way Keuchel was pitching." More >

Video: AL WC: Tanaka fans three, limits Astros to two runs

Bullpen rights the ship: The Astros' bullpen, which had the highest ERA in the Majors in September, came through in grand fashion Tuesday. Lefty Tony Sipp worked the seventh and pitched around a one-out walk. Right-hander Will Harris had a 1-2-3 eighth, and Luke Gregerson closed it out in the ninth against the heart of the Yanks' order.

"I'm not going to lie, I don't think I knew what to do," Gregerson said about getting the final out. "I was waiting for everybody else to come to me, and we all started going nuts. It was incredible."

Video: AL WC: Sipp strikes out Bird looking in the 7th

Can't get to Keuchel: If the Yankees were going to snap Keuchel's scoreless-innings string against them -- 16 frames during the regular season alone -- it seemed their best chance might come in the sixth inning, when Didi Gregorius lined a leadoff single. Brett Gardner struck out and Chris Young hit into a fielder's choice, but Carlos Beltran's hard two-out single brought Alex Rodriguez up as the potential go-ahead run. Rodriguez swung at Keuchel's first pitch and flied out harmlessly to center field.

"I thought that was going to be the moment for us that was going to turn it around, but it didn't," Girardi said. More >

Video: AL WC: Keuchel, A-Rod on crucial at-bat in 6th inning

QUOTABLE
"At that moment, you almost want to blink a couple times, wake up and that not be the reality. You want a couple more cracks at it, or even one more inning. We just ran out of time. It's definitely a tough pill to swallow, to see another team celebrating on your field." -- Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner on the end of their season.

Video: AL WC: Girardi, A-Rod and Tanaka on loss in Wild Card

MEASURING UP
It comes as little surprise that Houston, which led the AL in stolen bases and finished second in home runs during the regular season, relied on two homers and a late swipe for its offensive production on Tuesday. As it will continue to do throughout the postseason, Statcast™ tracked the in-depth details of all the key plays from the Astros' victory. More >

Video: AL WC: Villar steals second base at 20 mph

WHAT'S NEXT
Astros: Houston moves on to face the Royals in the ALDS, with Game 1 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1).  Collin McHugh will be on the hill opposite Yordano Ventura. Game 2 is on Friday in K.C. (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), with the series moving to Houston for Game 3 on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, MLB Network). Game 4, if necessary, would be Monday at Minute Maid Park (Time TBD; FOX Sports 1), and Game 5, if necessary, would be in K.C. on Oct. 14 (Time TBD; FOX Sports 1).

Yankees: The Yanks' season is complete. They open the 2016 season at home on April 4 against the Astros.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Jose Altuve, Carlos Gomez, Dallas Keuchel, Colby Rasmus, Masahiro Tanaka

Mendoza makes TV history in AL Wild Card

ESPN analyst becomes 1st woman to broadcast nationally televised postseason game
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Jessica Mendoza made baseball and broadcasting history Tuesday night. And once again, she was focused more on the work at hand than the ground she broke.

Calling the Houston Astros' 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, along with John Kruk and Dan Shulman, Mendoza became the first female analyst for a nationally televised MLB postseason game.

Jessica Mendoza made baseball and broadcasting history Tuesday night. And once again, she was focused more on the work at hand than the ground she broke.

Calling the Houston Astros' 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, along with John Kruk and Dan Shulman, Mendoza became the first female analyst for a nationally televised MLB postseason game.

Video: AL WC: Springer hits a line-drive double to center

"I've had a lot of people reaching out to me to congratulate me, and I'm thankful for that," Mendoza said when reached by phone Monday night.

"But I'm so in that mode of just being excited for this game because of these two teams, not because of anything I'm doing. It's funny when people are asking how I'm feeling. I'm like, 'Why? I'm just excited to be calling baseball in October.'"

:: AL Wild Card Game: Astros vs. Yankees -- Tune-in info ::

While Mendoza was keen to downplay the societal significance, it's undeniable she walks in a proud path of pioneers. Mendoza is also the first woman to make her postseason debut for a win-or-go-home game in any major North American pro sport, following in the footsteps of ESPN's Doris Burke, who has served in a variety roles at NBA playoff games, including as courtside analyst.

It is poetic that Mendoza's first postseason assignment happened in an Astros-Yankees postseason game. The Yankees because of Suzyn Waldman's role and the Astros because Houston TV reporter Anita Martini was the first woman granted access to a Major League clubhouse. Waldman tore down walls as one of the first women to land a full-time job as a baseball color commentator and one of the first to do play-by-play on TV for a big league team -- and wound up making headlines when she debuted as a radio analyst in the 2009 World Series.

"When I did my first game in 1994 for the Baseball Network, I was pretty good, but the backlash was horrible. I remember telling a guy in Philadelphia who asked why would you do this, well, there's some little girl out there who saw me and now doesn't know she can't do this, and that was Jessica," said Waldman, whose scorecard from that 2009 game is in the Hall of Fame. "Jessica is smart, and she has the credibility none of us have had. Anyone can know baseball, but she's the first one that when she says something, there can't be someone who says, 'How do you know?' Jessica knows what it's like to have a bat in her hand at a big level. She also has a terrific way with people. When you're an analyst, it's not just analyzing. She has a great personality."

Martini's breakthrough in 1974 at the Astrodome in a series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (L.A. manager Walter Alston said it was about time) opened doors for thousands of reporters since who happen to be women.

"I just want to be an analyst," Mendoza said. "If I get wrapped up in everything else about being in the booth, I'm not doing my job."

In addition to her Olympic success and All-America honors as an outfielder at Stanford, Mendoza, 34, became the first woman to call an MLB game in the ESPN booth when she did a Monday night D-backs-Cardinals game in mid-August. She followed it up with a Sunday Night Baseball debut on Aug. 30 that just happened to feature a no-hitter by Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta.

Video: Mendoza discusses how Arrieta approaches his pitching

As for the historical aspect, Mendoza said she gets it. She understands why her phone's been on near-permanent tilt and there seems to be a procession of admirers greeting her whenever she steps inside a stadium these days.

Mendoza becomes ESPN's first female MLB analyst

"Everybody's been really nice, but what did I do? I haven't done anything," Mendoza said. "I just want to keep being someone that's doing a good job, so I'm kind of about getting right to that."

Video: CHC@LAD: Szczur's catch keeps Arrieta's no-no intact

So it'll have to be up to others to comment on how important tonight really is.

As MLB's Ambassador for Inclusion, Billy Bean, who came out as gay in 1999, can relate to Mendoza and how she's blazing a trail for future broadcasters.

"Jessica Mendoza is a perfect example of how baseball continues to lead the way with groundbreaking opportunities for talent," said Bean. "Her resume speaks for itself, but her engaging and self-effacing manner make it impossible not to bond instantly with her voice. I believe she will engage young women in a way that shows there is a place in baseball for anyone if you have passion and a desire to work in our sport. One of my responsibilities in baseball is to continue to create a culture of acceptance for all people in baseball, and Jessica's accomplishment just made that job a little bit easier."

Kim Ng, MLB's senior vice president of baseball operations and a former assistant general manager of the Yankees and Dodgers, said she's confident that Mendoza will shine tonight and beyond.

"Jessica was and probably still is a world-class ballplayer," Ng said. "There is no doubt in my mind that her ability to analyze, to break down certain aspects of the game, and to give her audience a player's perspective surpasses the ability of some of her colleagues.

Video: Women in Baseball Roundtable discussion

"Insight into the game is not gender-specific. I applaud ESPN for making this move and for putting another highly qualified person in the booth."

Andrea Kremer is the chief correspondent for NFL Network, a correspondent for HBO's Real Sports and co-host of CBS Sports Networks' "We Need To Talk." She began her distinguished sports journalism career more than 25 years ago at ESPN and said Mendoza is deserving of every accolade she's been given.

"I met and worked with Jessica Mendoza several years ago when I did a story for Real Sports on the loss of softball in the Olympics," Kremer said. "Her intellect, knowledge, charisma and natural on-camera presence resonated for me back then. When I saw she was stepping in on Sunday Night Baseball, I was proud of her and thrilled because she is the perfect person to get this opportunity -- a pro, who happens to be a woman, that brings a lifetime of playing experience to the booth.

"She may be getting extra attention because of her gender, but she's excelling in her new job without regard to it."

Video: Mendoza's lineup card sent to HOF after AL WC Game

Susan Slusser, who covers the Oakland A's for the San Francisco Chronicle and was the first female president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, is thrilled for Mendoza.

"She is well-prepared, thoughtful and entertaining -- everything you would look for in an analyst of any gender for any sport," Slusser said. "The focus shouldn't be on her gender. It should be on what an excellent new talent there is on the national baseball scene."

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Pam Ward, who calls college softball and basketball for ESPN and was the first woman to do play-by-play on a nationally televised NCAA football game when she did it in 2000, served as a mentor of sorts for Mendoza, who told Ward that she appreciated her achievements.

"When she was in her prime, Jess was literally the best softball hitter in the world, so she is definitely qualified to cross over and talk baseball," Ward said. "Baseball announcers have crossed over to talk about softball, so it should be no big deal for Jess to do the same in reverse.

ESPN's Mendoza makes history, then calls it

"Speaking from experience, Jess will most likely be under greater scrutiny than any other baseball analyst; maybe ever, now with the playoff game. There's always only going to be one 'first.' She knows that, and has handled everything beautifully in the regular season. Now she's just taking the next logical step. The bottom line is she's smart and talented and has earned that spot in the booth."

Root Sports co-anchor Julia Morales, who is a field reporter on Astros broadcasts, said she spoke to Mendoza on Monday. Mendoza was hard at work preparing for the game and asked Morales for information about the Astros.

"When I found out she was going to be in the booth for Sunday Night Baseball, I thought it was really cool," Morales said. "When we're flying home from a road game on Sundays, I usually watch the Sunday night game on the flights. Her first game was the Arrieta no-hitter. That was the 'wow' moment for me. She was so calm and so good with her analysis.

"She picks up on things so fast. She was breaking down his slider, giving great insight. That's not easy to do, to jump in to that type of situation. She was so comfortable doing it."

A star softball pitcher on the 2004 and '08 Olympics, Jennie Finch understands the impact her former teammate is making in the broadcast world.

"I'm in awe of Jess, and excited for the doors she's opening for women in broadcasting and women in sports," said Finch. "I love seeing how the fans have embraced her. It's about how well she does the job and her knowledge. She deserves every bit of success she's having, and I'm here with everyone else cheering her on."

Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims has overcome adversity and broken through as an African-American TV play-by-play announcer for a Major League team, and he considers Mendoza's upcoming postseason bow "a historic moment."

"Good for her that she's positioned to be where she is," Sims said. "It's a great breakthrough and hopefully she'll do well."

Tennis legend and sports pioneer Billie Jean King is one of Mendoza's closest friends and mentors. Mendoza was the president of King's Women's Sports Foundation in 2009 and '10.

"The thing I notice about her, especially with this MLB opportunity, is that she's so humble and wants other girls to have the same opportunities," King said. "It's terrific in how she really does her homework and wants to keep learning, and she also wants to keep building relationships because she knows that's how she will do a better job. She knows her stuff. She's the real thing. But she's also a real genuine and authentic person. We just love her. She's a great friend." 

Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't have any doubts about that. He has enjoyed what he's seen and heard of Mendoza on the job.

"Jessica is really impressive," Showalter said. "She is confident of her insights, but respectful in her presentation."

It will all be on display again tonight, and Mendoza will keep her head down and do her best to offer compelling insight into the always-intriguing battle between pitcher and hitter and the story behind the numbers that makes baseball so fascinating.

As for the history of it, well, she says she'll think about that ... most likely some time after October.

"Just like with anything, there's definitely a time and place in life where you can look back," Mendoza said. "That's how I did it with my playing career, and I think we all can do that with our lives. Right now, the only way I've known how to do anything, as an athlete or student, is to not get caught up in big picture stuff because it can be a distraction.

"I want to bring knowledge to the table and see these two teams and watch what happens on the field. ... More than being female, I want to be really good."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. Jesse Sanchez contributed to this story.

New York Yankees, Houston Astros

Keuchel dazzles; Yanks exit stage lefty

Astros ace becomes first starter to have scoreless postseason outing on three days' rest since 2003
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NEW YORK -- Joe Niekro, Mike Scott and Roy Oswalt have some company.

Lefty Dallas Keuchel joined the group of Astros pitchers to throw gems in clinching situations when he held the Yankees scoreless for six innings during a 3-0 win in the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

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NEW YORK -- Joe Niekro, Mike Scott and Roy Oswalt have some company.

Lefty Dallas Keuchel joined the group of Astros pitchers to throw gems in clinching situations when he held the Yankees scoreless for six innings during a 3-0 win in the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

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Keuchel, starting on three days of rest, continued his dominance of the Yankees by allowing three hits and one walk. He's held them scoreless for 22 innings in three starts this year, allowing 12 hits and two walks while striking out 28. In four career starts against them, he's 3-1 with a 0.90 ERA.

:: AL Wild Card Game: Astros vs. Yankees -- Result::

Keuchel became the first starter to turn in a scoreless outing in a postseason game on three days' rest since Josh Beckett hurled a shutout (at the old Yankee Stadium) to win Game 6 of the 2003 World Series.

"It didn't take too much to get up for this game," Keuchel said. "Everybody's been battling 162 games plus to get up for this game, and I knew I wasn't the only one tired. So it's playoff baseball. Don't get any better."

Niekro pitched a gem to beat the Dodgers in a tiebreaker for the National League West title in 1980; Scott threw a no-hitter against the Giants to clinch the NL West in 1986; and Oswalt shut down the Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2005 NLCS.

Video: AL WC: Keuchel discusses pitching on three days' rest

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And here's Keuchel, a 20-game winner and AL Cy Young Award frontrunner getting the Astros into the AL Division Series. They will play the Royals in Kansas City for Game 1 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1.

Video: AL WC: Keuchel talks about the Astros' Wild Card win

"Incredible pitcher," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He showed a lot of resiliency. He wasn't at his best, but six innings scoreless at Yankee Stadium, in the biggest moment. If that's not his best, we can take anything he can give us."

After Carlos Beltran singled in the sixth inning to bring the go-ahead run to the plate, Hinch made an anything-but-routine trip to the mound to talk to Keuchel ahead of an at-bat against Alex Rodriguez.

Hinch stays with ace to retire A-Rod in big spot

"That was a tough one," Hinch said. "None of those are easy, and we could have gone a couple of different ways. So I went out there for a couple of reasons. One, I've done that a couple of times this year to check the heartbeat, look in his eyes a little bit. Obviously gather a little bit of information when I'm out there.

Castro's framing picture-perfect for Keuchel

"And with Dallas, it's never easy to take the ball away from him. You always feel like he's under control. Even as the game went on, he was getting better and better. I thought early he was a little erratic. ... So I had a lot of faith and trust in Dallas. I'm sure other managers will tell you, take the ball out of your best guy's hand is one of the more challenging things in this job."

10 cool facts about Keuchel's Wild Card gem

Keuchel quickly ended the drama by getting Rodriguez to fly out to center, ending his night.

"The stadium was rocking, that's for sure," Keuchel said. "A-Rod's coming up. Doesn't get any more exciting than that. ... I just tried to calm myself down and make as good a pitch as I could."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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25-man rosters for postseason clubs

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Below are the projected 25-man rosters for each postseason team's next round. Teams can adjust their roster for each round, and we will update these as they become official.

NLDS: ATL-LAD

Below are the projected 25-man rosters for each postseason team's next round. Teams can adjust their roster for each round, and we will update these as they become official.

NLDS: ATL-LAD

BRAVES ROSTER (OFFICIAL)
Game 2 starting lineup
1. Ronald Acuna Jr., LF
2. Johan Camargo, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Kurt Suzuki, C
6. Ozzie Albies, 2B
7. Ender Inciarte, CF
8. Charlie Culberson, SS

Bench
Tyler Flowers, C
Lucas Duda, 1B
Lane Adams, OF
Ryan Flaherty, INF
Rene Rivera, C

Starting pitchers
Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
Anibal Sanchez, RHP
Kevin Gausman, RHP
Julio Teheran, RHP

Bullpen
Arodys Vizcaino, RHP/CL
A.J. Minter, LHP
• Chad Sobotka, RHP
Jonny Venters, LHP
Sean Newcomb, LHP
Max Fried, LHP
Touki Toussaint, RHP
Brad Brach, RHP

Notes: Dansby Swanson (torn ligament in his left hand) isn't yet ready to return, but he's said he's hopeful he'll be able to play if the Braves make it past the NLDS. Fried and Toussaint provide two long relief options, but Fried may be used as a matchup/middle reliever. The Braves have elected to carry both Teheran and Newcomb on the roster. Teheran appears to be the likelier candidate to be the fourth starter, especially considering the Dodgers' late-season improvement against left-handed pitching. Newcomb could work out of the bullpen. Atlanta carrying a third catcher allows Flowers or Suzuki to be a right-handed pinch-hitting option.

DODGERS ROSTER (OFFICIAL)
Game 2 starting lineup
1. Joc Pederson, LF
2. Justin Turner, 3B
3. Max Muncy, 1B
4. Manny Machado, SS
5. Yasiel Puig, RF
6. Cody Bellinger, CF
7. Enrique Hernandez, 2B
8. Yasmani Grandal, C

Bench
Chris Taylor, UTIL
David Freese, IF
Austin Barnes, C/IF
Matt Kemp, OF
Brian Dozier, IF

Starting pitchers
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP
Clayton Kershaw, LHP
Walker Buehler, RHP
Rich Hill, LHP

Bullpen
Kenley Jansen, RHP/CL
Kenta Maeda, RHP
Scott Alexander, LHP
Alex Wood, LHP
Pedro Baez, RHP
• Caleb Ferguson, LHP
Ryan Madson, RHP
Dylan Floro, RHP

Notes: The Dodgers will open the NLDS with a pair of left-handers against the Braves, as Ryu will start Game 1 on Thursday at Dodger Stadium, and Kershaw will start Game 2. With the luxury of a 40-man roster in September, the platoon lineup for the Dodgers against a left-handed starter has included Freese at first base, Taylor in left field, Kemp in right field and Dozier at second base. Among those on the bubble are Chase Utley, who will retire after the season.

NLDS: COL-MIL

ROCKIES ROSTER (OFFICIAL)
Game 2 starting lineup
1. Charlie Blackmon, CF
2. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
3. Nolan Arenado, 3B
4. Carlos Gonzalez, RF
5. Trevor Story, SS
6. Gerardo Parra, LF
7. Ian Desmond, 1B
8. Chris Iannetta, C

Bench
Matt Holliday, LF
• Garrett Hampson, INF
Ryan McMahon, INF
• Tony Wolters, C
David Dahl, OF

Starting Pitchers
• Antonio Senzatela, RHP
• Tyler Anderson, LHP
• German Marquez, RHP
• Kyle Freeland, LHP

Bullpen
Wade Davis, RHP/CL
Adam Ottavino, RHP
Scott Oberg, RHP
Seunghwan Oh, RHP
Chris Rusin, LHP
Harrison Musgrave, LHP
Chad Bettis, RHP
• DJ Johnson, RHP

Notes: Senzatela will likely start Game 1 against the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday, being ready to go on regular rest. The right-hander has only faced the Brewers once in his career, going five scoreless innings in a 2-1 Rockies victory on April 6, 2017. Over his final three starts of the regular season, Senzatela posted a 1.62 ERA over 16 2/3 innings. As far as the roster goes, the Rockies will not carry three catchers in the NLDS, with Drew Butera left off the roster. Instead, they'll take an extra reliever in the 29-year-old rookie Johnson, who's made just seven big league appearances, all since September. That also means Jon Gray was left off the roster.

BREWERS ROSTER (OFFICIAL)
Game 2 starting lineup
1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
2. Christian Yelich, RF
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
5. Mike Moustakas, 3B
6. Hernan Perez, SS
7. Travis Shaw, 2B
8. Erik Kratz, C

Bench
Curtis Granderson, OF
Jonathan Schoop, IF
Orlando Arcia, IF
Manny Pina, C
Keon Broxton, OF
Domingo Santana, OF

Starting pitchers
Wade Miley, LHP
Gio Gonzalez, LHP
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP

Bullpen
Jeremy Jeffress, RHP/CL
Josh Hader, LHP
Corey Knebel, RHP
Joakim Soria, RHP
• Corbin Burnes, RHP
Brandon Woodruff, RHP
Junior Guerra, RHP
Freddy Peralta, RHP

Notes: The Brewers' rotation is different than most top-seeded teams, since it doesn't feature an ace. So they could opt to carry three starters and use a multi-inning arm that pitched out of the bullpen down the stretch, like Woodruff or Freddy Peralta or Junior Guerra, in a game. All of those players were starting pitchers for the bulk of this season. There's also Chase Anderson, who was the Opening Day starter, but he was removed from the rotation with one week to go.

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ALDS: CLE-HOU

INDIANS ROSTER (OFFICIAL)
Game 2 starting lineup
1. Francisco Lindor, SS
2. Michael Brantley, LF
3. Jose Ramirez, 2B
4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
5. Josh Donaldson, 3B
6. Yonder Alonso, 1B
7. Melky Cabrera, RF
8. Yan Gomes, C
9. Jason Kipnis, CF

Bench
Roberto Perez, C
Rajai Davis, OF
Greg Allen, OF
Yandy Diaz, UTIL
Brandon Guyer, OF

Starting pitchers
Corey Kluber, RHP
Carlos Carrasco, RHP
Mike Clevinger, RHP

Bullpen
Andrew Miller, LHP
Cody Allen, RHP
Brad Hand, LHP
Oliver Perez, LHP
Trevor Bauer, RHP
• Shane Bieber, RHP
Adam Cimber, RHP
Dan Otero, RHP

Notes: Bauer and Bieber will be available out of the bullpen in the early games. If the series reaches Game 4, one of the right-handers will start, depending on their usage in Games 1-3. Guyer (right shoulder) and Gomes (laceration on right thumb) have both been cleared for the ALDS. The last bench job went to Davis for his speed over utility man Erik Gonzalez. 

ASTROS ROSTER (OFFICIAL)
Game 2 starting lineup
1. George Springer, CF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Alex Bregman, 3B
4. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
5. Marwin Gonzalez, LF
6. Carlos Correa, SS
7. Tyler White, DH
8. Josh Reddick, RF
9. Martin Maldonado, C

Bench
Evan Gattis, DH
Brian McCann, C
Tony Kemp, OF
Jake Marisnick, OF
• Myles Straw, OF

Starting pitchers
Justin Verlander, RHP
Gerrit Cole, RHP
Dallas Keuchel, LHP
Charlie Morton, RHP

Bullpen
Roberto Osuna, RHP/CL
Ryan Pressly, RHP
Lance McCullers Jr., RHP
Collin McHugh, RHP
Will Harris, RHP
• Josh James, RHP
Tony Sipp, LHP

Notes: The Astros decided to carry the speedy outfielder Straw as a pinch-runner instead of Max Stassi as a third catcher. There were some tough bullpen decisions, too, with former All-Star Chris Devenski squeezed out. The hard-throwing rookie James provides length and a 100-mph fastball that makes him enticing.

ALDS: NYY-BOS

YANKEES ROSTER (OFFICIAL)
Game 1 starting lineup
1. Andrew McCutchen, LF
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Luke Voit, 1B
6. Didi Gregorius, SS
7. Miguel Andujar, 3B
8. Gary Sanchez, C
9. Gleyber Torres, 2B

Bench
Austin Romine, C
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
Neil Walker, IF
Brett Gardner, OF

Starting Pitchers
Luis Severino, RHP
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP
J.A. Happ, LHP
CC Sabathia, LHP

Bullpen
Lance Lynn, RHP
Aroldis Chapman, LHP/CL
Dellin Betances, RHP
Zach Britton, LHP
David Robertson, RHP
Chad Green, RHP
Stephen Tarpley, LHP
Jonathan Holder, RHP

Notes: Sabathia wasn't on the Yankees' Wild Card Game roster, but he's been added for the ALDS against Boston. The same goes for Tarpley in the bullpen, who gives the Yankees an additional left-handed relief option. Not on the ALDS roster: Tyler Wade (a pinch-running/defensive option) and Kyle Higashioka (third catcher), who were both carried for the Wild Card Game. Instead, the Yankees have opted for an extra pitcher, so Holder keep his spot. Greg Bird is again an odd man out, as he was for the Wild Card Game.

RED SOX ROSTER (OFFICIAL)
Game 1 starting lineup
1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Andrew Benintendi, LF
3. Steve Pearce, 1B
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Xander Bogaerts, SS
6. Eduardo Nunez, 3B
7. Ian Kinsler, 2B
8. Sandy Leon, C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Bench
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Rafael Devers, 3B
Brock Holt, INF-OF
Blake Swihart, C-UTILITY
Christian Vazquez, C

Starting pitchers
Chris Sale, LHP
David Price, LHP
Rick Porcello, RHP
Nathan Eovaldi, RHP

Bullpen
Craig Kimbrel, RHP/CL
Matt Barnes, RHP
Ryan Brasier, RHP
Heath Hembree, RHP
Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
Brandon Workman, RHP
Joe Kelly, RHP

Notes: The Red Sox made a roster substitution Saturday afternoon, swapping Hembree in for right-hander Steven Wright, who was diagnosed with inflammation and loose body in his left knee. Wright is now ineligible for the remainder of the ALDS and the ALCS, should Boston advance. Manager Alex Cora could mix Pearce in at first base against lefties, and Nunez and Holt could see some time at third in place of the inconsistent Devers. Kelly and Workman got the last two bullpen spots, with Bobby Poyner not making the roster.

A's bats miss early opportunities in WC loss

Oakland leaves bases loaded in 4th, goes 0-for-6 with RISP
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NEW YORK -- As the Athletics dissect Wednesday night's 7-2 loss to the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game, they no doubt will conclude they squandered too many opportunities to escape Yankee Stadium with a victory.

Yankees starter Luis Severino opened the game with six strikeouts over three shutout innings, dominating with a high-90s fastball. The A's made some adjustments and got him on the ropes in fourth inning, but they couldn't deliver the knockout punch.

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NEW YORK -- As the Athletics dissect Wednesday night's 7-2 loss to the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game, they no doubt will conclude they squandered too many opportunities to escape Yankee Stadium with a victory.

Yankees starter Luis Severino opened the game with six strikeouts over three shutout innings, dominating with a high-90s fastball. The A's made some adjustments and got him on the ropes in fourth inning, but they couldn't deliver the knockout punch.

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:: AL Wild Card Game schedule and results ::

Trailing, 2-0, in the fourth, the Athletics had a chance to cut into the Yanks' lead, loading the bases with two out, but Marcus Semien struck out to end the frame.

It would prove to be emblematic of the night for the A's, who stranded nine runners and went hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.

And inning later, Jonathan Lucroy and Nick Martini opened the fifth with singles. Once again, Oakland failed to capitalize. Severino was lifted in favor of Dellin Betances, who promptly shut down another chance for the Athletics to get on the scoreboard. Both Matt Chapman and Jed Lowrie flied out, and Khris Davis struck out to end the inning.

"It's frustrating because those opportunities don't come often," said Davis, whose two-run homer in the eighth kept the A's from being shut out. "Whenever they do, you have to find a way to get the job done."

"We had a chance, but we couldn't get those big hits," Lucroy said. "We couldn't manufacture those runs in there. We were down early, 2-0. That was a tough start for us."

Video: AL WC: Davis lifts a 2-run homer to right in the 8th

Despite the lost opportunities, Oakland's clubhouse was quiet, but not sad after the game. Despite beginning the season with the lowest payroll in baseball, the Athletics defied the odds, winning 97 games and reaching the postseason.

"We were happy to be here, but we wanted to win, we expected to win," Chapman said. "It's disappointing. But coming into the season, nobody counted on us. Nobody expected us to do anything. I'm proud of my teammates and proud to be on this team. I think it's just the beginning for us."

Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002. He covered the Nationals/Expos from 2002-2016. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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A's magical season halted by Yankees

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NEW YORK -- Playing for their season in a most raucous environment, the A's descended on a hostile Yankee Stadium on Wednesday evening, wanting so badly to extend an already extraordinary journey, only to writhe under the mountainous pressure at play.

The A's decision to bullpen their way through the American League Wild Card Game was the first of its kind in a postseason setting, and scrutiny surrounding it will surely accompany their 7-2 season-ending loss to the Yankees. But it can't be single-handedly blamed.

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NEW YORK -- Playing for their season in a most raucous environment, the A's descended on a hostile Yankee Stadium on Wednesday evening, wanting so badly to extend an already extraordinary journey, only to writhe under the mountainous pressure at play.

The A's decision to bullpen their way through the American League Wild Card Game was the first of its kind in a postseason setting, and scrutiny surrounding it will surely accompany their 7-2 season-ending loss to the Yankees. But it can't be single-handedly blamed.

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:: AL Wild Card Game schedule and results ::

A robust offense gone rogue will also have to answer for the disappointing ending. The A's boppin' bats got them this far, but they managed a mere five hits in this one, their first not coming until the fifth and a bounty of opportunities squandered throughout. Khris Davis' opposite-field, two-run homer in the eighth was ultimately too little, too late.

Davis heard the boos pregame. Baseball's 2018 home run king warranted more than his teammates -- "It got me fired up a little bit," he would later say. "It's nice to know that they know who I am" -- as the sincerest form of compliment from a rowdy Bronx bunch. Davis, too, took in the deafening sounds of celebration from the field postgame, where he stood among a throng of passersby, most of them media, while Matt Chapman, who grounded out to end the game, slowly made his way back to the dugout.

Video: AL WC: Melvin on crowd noise at Yankee Stadium

Davis waited out Chapman to give him a hug.

"He's battled all year for us, and he's a great teammate," Davis said. "I know he didn't want to be the last out, so when he was, I just wanted to let him to know it was all right."

Video: AL WC: Davis discusses homer, 7-2 loss to Yankees

Oakland -- which missed out on a trip to Boston to engage the Red Sox in the AL Division Series, diverting home instead -- will be all right. A premature postseason exit shouldn't take away from a wildly successful feel-good campaign that began so innocently. Outsiders expected little of this team, following a string of three straight last-place finishes, and the resilient A's overcame a heap of adversity to rise above, well ahead of schedule -- all the way to 97 wins.

Video: AL WC: Melvin reflects on season after loss

"We were happy to be here, but we wanted to win and we expected to win, so it is disappointing, but coming into the season when nobody counted on us and nobody expected us to do anything, what we achieved we should be proud of," Chapman said. "I'm proud of my teammates and proud to be on this team, and I think it's just the beginning for us."

Video: AL WC: Chapman on lack of offense in WC Game loss

A group that thrived as the comeback kids just couldn't replicate the regular-season magic on baseball's biggest stage, stranding nine runners and finishing 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Notably, Oakland left the bases loaded in the fourth under the watch of New York starter Luis Severino, and another two in the fifth despite greeting the right-hander with back-to-back hits to open the inning.

Video: AL WC: Severino K's Semien to leave bases full

The Yanks turned to right-hander Dellin Betances, who made his way through the heart of the A's order with ease, inducing a weak fly ball from Chapman and a popup from Jed Lowrie before fanning Davis.

The A's only hoped to get another chance like that again. They didn't. And the Yankees, who secured an early lead thanks to Aaron Judge's two-run homer in the first inning opposite opener Liam Hendriks, just kept hitting.

Video: AL WC: Judge's 2-run homer opens the scoring

Following admirable work from rookie right-hander Lou Trivino, who kept Oakland within two runs by twirling three scoreless innings, Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless fifth and Fernando Rodney was summoned for the sixth.

Video: AL WC: Trivino fans 4 over 3 shutout relief innings

The veteran pitcher watched Judge pull out a double on a soft bouncer that stayed within the right-field line, and Aaron Hicks tagged him for an RBI double and a 3-0 Yankees lead. Rodney's next pitch went wild, prompting A's manager Bob Melvin to call upon his closer amid dire circumstances, hoping to stop the bleeding.

"That's the guy we want on the mound no matter what," Chapman said. "He's the guy we've looked to all year and carried us and been pretty much an MVP guy for us."

Blake Treinen, who inherited a 1-0 count against Giancarlo Stanton, walked him, then surrendered a two-run triple to Luke Voit, setting up a Didi Gregorius sacrifice fly in an inning that essentially spelled out the end of Oakland's season. It marked the first time all year Treinen -- owner of a minuscule 0.78 ERA during the regular season -- allowed more than one earned run in a game. Stanton took him deep in the eighth to tack on the final run.

Video: AL WC: Hicks, Voit spark Yankees' 4-run 6th inning

"We all went over our possible scenarios and were just told to be ready at certain times," Treinen said. "Things happen, and things escalated for us, and I had to get going.

"The situation itself, it's not ideal by any means, but what we've done so good all year is picking each other up. I just didn't do a good job of executing pitches."

Video: AL WC: Stanton crushes a towering solo homer to left

It's fair to question these A's and their pitching choices, but at the end of the day, they only had so many. A rotation demolished by injuries left them with a quartet of risky starting options as they gameplanned for a one-and-done affair. They could have opted for one of Mike Fiers, Edwin Jackson, Trevor Cahill or Brett Anderson, electing rather to go with what they believed was their best collection of arms. They just so happened to be relievers.

Video: AL WC: Hendriks K's Stanton swinging in the 1st

An all-bullpen attack, the A's believed, meant going all in.

"We were kind of forced to do it because of a lack of starting pitching, and our bullpen is our strength right now," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "We had to utilize our strength. So it's not ideal, but we had to do what we had to do, especially in a one-game playoff. You got to roll your best guys out there. You got to roll your best weapons. You have the heaviest weapons you got, you got to put them in, especially against that lineup in a park like this in an environment like this in a one-game playoff."

Video: AL WC: Melvin on bullpen strategy in Wild Card loss

"It was a tough environment," Davis said. "It's pretty hard, but I'm not disappointed at all. I think we showed some people we could do some things, and I think next year we're a little bit more of a threat, so I hope we can just continue this and build on it."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The A's appeared to be on to something when Davis reached base on an error and Matt Olson joined him after drawing his second walk to put two on with one out in the fourth. Stephen Piscotty, who led the AL with 25 RBIs in September, was next in line, but he flied out for the second out as rookie Ramon Laureano stepped to the plate. The outfielder fell behind Severino, 0-2, before laying off several close pitches and working a walk to load the bases for Marcus Semien, who was done in by a 99.6 mph fastball, swinging through it for strike three to thwart the threat.

Video: AL WC: Severino strikes out Semien on 99.6 mph heater

"They got off to a good start with the home run and they ended up adding on," Melvin said. "We just didn't do enough offensively tonight. You have to give them credit. They pitched really well."

SOUND SMART
Oakland has dropped eight straight winner-take-all games, the longest streak in Major League history. The A's have not won one since Game 7 of the 1973 World Series. 

Video: AL WC: Treinen on struggles in Wild Card Game loss

HE SAID IT
"We can hang our heads, and I'll probably let this be my night to process this, but for the most part, if you look back, a lot of good things from the beginning of Spring Training to now. I think if you look back and you told us we would have 97 wins at the end of the year and guys with career years and an opportunity to be in a Wild Card Game against a team with 100 wins, I think we'd all take that. Obviously tonight didn't go the way we wanted, but we can't be upset with effort. It's not because of effort, just more or less not our day, and they made us pay for some lapses." -- Treinen

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Yanks deny A's to set up ALDS date with Boston

Judge, Stanton, Voit power offense to back Sevy's scoreless outing
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NEW YORK -- The hours of conversation and planning that the Yankees poured into ensuring they remained alive past the third day of October boiled down to the same blueprint they brought into the year. Allow Luis Severino to showcase his high-octane arsenal, hand the game off to the vaunted bullpen and wait for Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton to crush a ball out of sight.

It came together mostly as envisioned on Wednesday evening, helping the Yankees post a 7-2 victory over the Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium. After the requisite pouring of bubbly and beer, the Bombers will ride the rails to meet the Red Sox for an AL Division Series that opens on Friday night at Fenway Park.

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NEW YORK -- The hours of conversation and planning that the Yankees poured into ensuring they remained alive past the third day of October boiled down to the same blueprint they brought into the year. Allow Luis Severino to showcase his high-octane arsenal, hand the game off to the vaunted bullpen and wait for Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton to crush a ball out of sight.

It came together mostly as envisioned on Wednesday evening, helping the Yankees post a 7-2 victory over the Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium. After the requisite pouring of bubbly and beer, the Bombers will ride the rails to meet the Red Sox for an AL Division Series that opens on Friday night at Fenway Park.

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ALDS presented by T-Mobile, Game 1: Fri., 7:32 p.m. ET on TBS

"That Wild Card Game is no joke. It takes years off of you," Judge said. "We were prepared, just like Oakland. It was a tough game, a fun game; you live for those moments. Any big moment like that, you enjoy those situations. You enjoy the pressure. Your back's against the wall; that's what this team is all about."

:: AL Wild Card Game schedule and results ::

A year after recording just one out in his postseason debut, Severino rose to the challenge and rewarded manager Aaron Boone's belief that the right-hander's tantalizing ceiling made him the correct choice to start the winner-take-all contest, holding the A's hitless into the fifth inning while striking out five of the first seven men he faced.

"I think last year, my first time in a playoff game, I was too excited," Severino said. "I was going to go to the mound and treat it like a regular game, hitting my spots and trying to get batters out."

Showcasing crackling velocity and sharp bite on his slider, Severino fanned seven in all, though the All-Star's pitch count escalated quickly due to deep counts and four walks. He found an extra gear when he needed one, firing a 99.6-mph fastball past Marcus Semien with the bases loaded for the final out of the fourth inning. Severino's eyes tilted skyward and he unleashed a primal roar.

Video: AL WC: Severino K's 7 over 4-plus scoreless frames

"Sevy set the tone and came out on a mission," Boone said. "I thought he threw the ball so well. Credit to the A's, though, they made it tough on him. They battled him and he was able to make some big pitches when he really needed to, but they kind of really made him work hard to that point."

Year after rough WC, Sevy K's 7 over 4-plus innings

Boone permitted Severino to return for the fifth inning, but the rookie skipper walked to the mound tapping his right arm after Jonathan Lucroy and Nick Martini opened that frame with singles. Earning his own measure of redemption after control issues left the Yankees unable to trust him last postseason, Dellin Betances retired all six men he faced, striking out three.

Video: Betances Carries the Freight for Yanks in Wild Card

"I've been waiting on this moment for a long time," Betances said. "Last year, I was a cheerleader. I cheerleaded my guys on. Thank God this year I was able to be a part of something special."

Judge put the Yankees on the board almost immediately, following an Andrew McCutchen leadoff walk with a two-run homer off "opener" Liam Hendriks. Judge's projected 427-foot blast, per Statcast™, was his fifth career playoff home run, and Judge joined Reggie Jackson as the only Yankees to hit four homers in their first seven postseason home games.

Yankee Stadium goes nuts after Judge's home run

Video: AL WC: Judge's 2-run homer opens the scoring

"Judge, that's one of the hardest balls I think he's hit since he came back," Luke Voit said. "That's such a good confidence booster for him, because I know he wants to get that big hit. To start us off with that is unbelievable. He's our leader, he's our captain. We rely on him, and he came up big for us."

The A's bullpen calmed matters after Judge's homer. Lou Trivino held New York to an infield single and a walk over three scoreless innings, and Shawn Kelley worked a scoreless frame. But the Yanks got to Fernando Rodney and Blake Treinen in the sixth as some in the sellout crowd began to chant, "We want Boston!" Judge connected on an excuse-me double that kicked past first baseman Matt Olson down the right-field line, then scored on Aaron Hicks' double to right-center.

Video: AL WC: Hicks plates Judge with double to right-center

"This is a tough ballpark to play in," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You know it's going to be loud … it's Yankee Stadium. And sometimes it's difficult to overcome that."

With Melvin intending to stanch the bleeding at three runs, Rodney was removed in favor of Treinen, but the Yanks continued their attack against the well-regarded Oakland closer. Stanton walked and stole second base before Voit narrowly missed a homer with a shot off the right-field wall, chugging into third base with a two-run triple, the first of his career.

Video: Must C Clutch: Voit belts 2-run triple in 6th of WC

Didi Gregorius lifted a sac fly and Voit tumbled into home plate on an awkward slide that had the Yanks' bench laughing, swelling the lead to six runs while putting the champagne and beer on ice in the home clubhouse.

"You always dream big. I thought I got it," Voit said. "Hey, luckily it worked out for me. I got my first triple. I don't know how, but man, this game is fun. I'm having the time of my life."

What you need to know about Yanks first baseman Voit

Khris Davis broke up the shutout with a two-run homer off Zach Britton in the eighth, but Stanton answered with a 443-foot moonshot in the bottom half of the inning off Treinen for his first postseason homer.

Video: AL WC: Stanton crushes a towering solo homer to left

The Yankees held on to win their seventh consecutive home postseason game, having gone 6-0 in the Bronx during a 2017 run that fell one victory shy of the World Series. It's a run they'll now put to the test against Boston.

Video: AL WC: Chapman induces groundout, sends Yanks to ALDS

"We're excited," Judge said. "It's going to be a fun series. This place is going to be rocking, Fenway is going to be rocking. Everyone is excited for it."

Video: Yankees defeat A's 7-2 in Wild Card, advance to ALDS

SOUND SMART
The Yankees have improved to 2-1 in Wild Card Games, joining the Giants (2-0 in 2014 and '16) as the only clubs to win multiple Wild Card Games. The Yankees are 15-13 in winner-take-all postseason games, including 4-2 since '12, and they are 19-9 in 28 postseason games at the current Yankee Stadium.

Video: AL WC: Judge on Yanks' balanced effort in WC Game win

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Judge's first-inning homer had an exit velocity of 116.1 mph, making it the hardest-hit postseason homer tracked by Statcast™, but only for a brief time. Stanton shattered that record in the eighth inning, mashing a 117.4-mph blast into the second deck of the left-field seating area.

Video: AL WC: Judge smashes 116.1-mph HR in Wild Card Game

"That was awesome," Stanton said. "I didn't start us off like Judgy did, but it was still great."

Video: AL WC: Stanton mashes 117.4-mph, 443-ft. home run

YOU'VE ALSO GOTTA SEE THIS
Adeiny Hechavarria entered the game in the sixth inning as a defensive replacement for third baseman Miguel Andujar. A midseason pickup from the Pirates, Hechavarria made a terrific leaping grab to steal a hit from Semien leading off the seventh.

Video: Must C Catch: Hechavarria makes a leaping grab in WC

HE SAID IT
"It's the best feeling in the world. There's nothing better than this stinging feeling. Hopefully we can do it again." -- Voit, on the Yankees' celebration

Video: AL WC: Yankees celebrate 7-2 win vs. A's in Wild Card

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The A's challenged the sixth-inning play at home plate that resulted in New York's sixth run when Voit tagged up on Gregorius' sacrifice fly. The call on the field was ruled to stand, with the replay appearing to show that Voit was able to get his right hand on home plate ahead of the tag from Lucroy.

Video: AL WC: Voit touches home before tag on Didi's sac fly

"I'm fast, right? No," Voit said. "Hey, you know what? Single, walk, hit-by-pitch, homer, whatever -- as long as I'm helping this team win, that's all that I care about."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Voit's first career triple gives Yanks insurance

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NEW YORK -- Luke Voit's magical run keeps getting better.

The first baseman tripled in a pair of runs in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's American League Wild Card Game, part of a four-run frame that broke open the Yankees' 7-2 win over the A's. New York advances to play Boston in the AL Division Series, starting on Friday.

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NEW YORK -- Luke Voit's magical run keeps getting better.

The first baseman tripled in a pair of runs in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's American League Wild Card Game, part of a four-run frame that broke open the Yankees' 7-2 win over the A's. New York advances to play Boston in the AL Division Series, starting on Friday.

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:: AL Wild Card Game schedule and results ::

It was the first triple of the 27-year-old first baseman's career, though not Voit's first big hit for the Yanks, who acquired him from the Cardinals in a late-July trade that went mostly unnoticed at the time.

"Who would have thought I'd be here at this point? Words can't describe how much fun I'm having," Voit said. "There's nothing better than this. I was in Spring Training with the Cardinals and I was thinking of going to the playoffs with them. ... I get traded here. Now I'm playing in front of the best fans. This locker room is awesome, and I'm having the time of my life."

Voit finished the regular season with an RBI in each of his final five games and nine of his last 11, winning AL Player of the Week. He hit 14 home runs and had a 1.095 OPS in 39 games with the Yankees, wrestling the first-base job away from the struggling Greg Bird.

What you need to know about Luke Voit

"He's been huge," left-hander CC Sabathia said. "He's been a spark plug. Obviously when we had so many guys out, he was the guy who was hitting it and winning games for us. To see him be able to step up on the big stage and have a big game, continue to have success, it's good."

Video: AL WC: Luke Voit on triple, facing Red Sox

Voit's triple came on the ninth pitch of his at-bat against Oakland closer Blake Treinen.

"Biggest hit of my life," Voit said. "That's what you look for as a little kid, man. You want to get the big hit and pump up the team, pump up the crowd. I got that today, and it was an unreal feeling."

Video: AL WC: Hicks, Voit spark Yankees' 4-run 6th inning

"That at-bat he had against Treinen, to get the triple, that's a tough at-bat against probably the best closer in the game," said outfielder Aaron Judge, who went 2-for-3 with an early two-run homer. "You get a 97-mph sinker in on the hands, a good cutter and slider away. He kept battling until he could put something in play."

Voit's drive caromed off the right-field wall, eluding Stephen Piscotty's lunging attempt as Voit chugged his way around the bases. Voit later scored on Didi Gregorius' sacrifice fly, avoiding a tag with a nice slide and a swipe of his hand across the plate. Oakland reviewed the play, but the call stood.

"He was sniffing a triple all the way," Judge said. "I knew it the way he was running, but I think he was kind of gassed when he tagged up on that sac fly."

Video: AL WC: Voit touches home before tag on Didi's sac fly

As Voit celebrated with his teammates after the game, he talked about his big night while wiping champagne and beer out of his eyes. He's hoping this isn't the last time he feels that burn.

"It's the best feeling in the world," Voit said. "There's nothing better than this stinging feeling. Hopefully we can do it again."

Video: MLB Tonight on Luke Voit's outing in AL Wild Card

Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com.

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Judge's laser HR sets tone early in Wild win

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NEW YORK -- It didn't take long for Aaron Judge to remind Yankees fans -- and Athletics pitchers -- just how dangerous his bat can be in October.

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NEW YORK -- It didn't take long for Aaron Judge to remind Yankees fans -- and Athletics pitchers -- just how dangerous his bat can be in October.

Video: Aaron Judge on WC homer, preparing for Red Sox

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Judge set the tone for the Yanks in Wednesday night's American League Wild Card Game, crushing a two-run home run in the first inning to give New York a lead it would never relinquish.

ALDS presented by T-Mobile, Game 1: Fri., 7:32 p.m. ET on TBS

The Yankees rolled to a 7-2 win over the Athletics to earn a trip to the AL Division Series, where they'll face the rival Red Sox in Game 1 Friday night at Fenway Park to open the best-of-five showdown.

:: AL Wild Card Game schedule and results ::

"That Wild Card Game is no joke; it takes years off of you," Judge said, wiping champagne from his eyes as he and his teammates celebrated their latest October victory. "We were prepared, just like Oakland. It was a tough game, a fun game; you live for those moments. Any big moment like that, you enjoy those situations. You enjoy the pressure. Your back's against the wall; that's what this team is all about."

Andrew McCutchen led off the bottom of the first with a walk against Oakland's Liam Hendriks, the reliever serving as the team's opener in the win-or-go-home game. Judge stepped up and worked the count to 2-1 before unloading on a 96.4-mph fastball, drilling it over the left-field fence.

"Bam," manager Aaron Boone said. "All of a sudden it's 2-0."

"We put the dagger in early," Giancarlo Stanton said. "You get up early and it's a confidence boost in this environment that they won't come back."

Video: AL WC: Judge smashes 116.1-mph HR in Wild Card Game

It was Judge's fifth career postseason home run, but perhaps more importantly, his second in his past three games, dating back to Friday's series opener at Fenway. Judge, who missed seven weeks with a fractured right wrist, had gone homerless in his first 11 games after returning from the disabled list on Sept. 14, though he insisted that he's felt 100 percent since the moment he returned.

"I wouldn't have been playing the past couple of weeks if it wasn't good," Judge said. "I felt like that the first game I was back. I felt like I never left."

Judge's home run had an exit velocity of 116.1 mph, making it the hardest-hit postseason home run since Statcast™ began tracking in 2015. That mark lasted all of seven innings, as Stanton's 117.4-mph shot to left field in the eighth took over the top spot.

"Just like G normally does," Judge said. "What a moonshot; I was looking for that thing to go out of the Stadium, he hit it so far."

Video: AL WC: Stanton mashes 117.4-mph, 443-ft. home run

Informed that his home run was the hardest postseason blast in the Statcast™ era, Stanton shot back, "Yeah? Well, I've still got time to hit harder."

Although Judge's homer sent the 49,620 at Yankee Stadium into a frenzy, the fans had a head start following Luis Severino's dominant top of the first. Severino, a questionable choice in some people's eyes to start the game after struggling in the second half of the season, struck out two and looked like his first-half self.

Year after rough WC, Sevy K's 7 over 4-plus innings

"The most important thing was getting out of the top of the first; Severino did that for us," Judge said. "I was just feeding off what he did for us in the top of the first, tried to put a good swing after Cutch had a great at-bat. The crowd was so fired up."

"It's big, that home run, that inning, for me and for the team," Severino said. "When you've got two runs and a score like that, you go out there and you feel more calm."

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Judge finished the night 2-for-3 with the home run and a double, a chopper that scooted over first base in the sixth inning. He quickly came around to score on Aaron Hicks' double, giving the Yanks a 3-0 lead. They would score three more runs in the inning.

Now it's on to Boston to face the AL East champion Red Sox, a team with which the Yankees are quite familiar after playing 19 times during the regular season.

"It's going to be a tough series," Judge said. "They've got a great team, great pitching staff. We're going to do our homework, get prepared and be ready for a dogfight."

Judge's double bounces foul outside batter's box

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Did you know? Judge's postseason dominance
• With four home runs in seven games, Judge is tied with Robinson Cano (in 20 games) for the most postseason homers at the current Yankee Stadium.

• Judge and Reggie Jackson are the only Yankees with four home runs in their first seven home postseason games.

• Judge is hitting .375 (9-for-24) with nine runs, four doubles, four homers, 12 RBIs and six walks in postseason games at Yankee Stadium.

• Judge has at least one extra-base hit and one RBI in five straight postseason home games, tied for the longest such streak in history (Craig Monroe, Al Simmons, Ruben Sierra, Jim Thome, Larry Walker).

• Judge is tied for the Yanks' third-longest home RBI streak in postseason history.

Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com.

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Year after rough WC, Sevy K's 7 over 4-plus innings