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American League Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics

And now, to the American League side...

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays
Avisail Garcia plays for Tampa now. Remember him?
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First Pitch: 7:09 p.m. Central
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So, this is awkward.

First, this is a preview for a non-Twins game. Secondly, I got this thread up late. Sorry, I was in the-Twins-don’t-have-a-game-tonight mode.

But hey, after a fantastic N.L. Wild Card Game on Tuesday night, here’s hoping for another good one on Wednesday in Oakland.

The A’s are starting Sean Manaea, or The Manaealator, according to his profile. However, as of this writing, Manaea has already given up a run on a leadoff homer from Yandy Diaz. Whoops, now it’s 3-0 after a two-run shot from former White Sox great and sworn enemy Avisail Garcia.

The Rays are countering Charlie Morton, who gave up a hit and a pair of walks in his first inning of work. Suffice it to say that we may be in for some offensive fireworks at the jam-packed Coliseum.

Enjoy the game, everyone, and let visions of bombas dance in your head for the next 46 hours or so...

Today's Lineups

Yandy Diaz - 1B Marcus Semien - SS
Tommy Pham - DH Ramon Laureano - RF
Austin Meadows - LF Matt Chapman - 3B
Travis d'Arnaud - C Matt Olson - 1B
Matt Duffy - 3B Mark Canha - CF
Avisail Garcia - RF Jurickson Profar - 2B
Willy Adames - SS Khris Davis - DH
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Robbie Grossman - LF
Mike Brosseau - 2B Sean Murphy - C