MLB playoffs live updates: Twins-Astros kicks off American League Wild Card series

Major League Baseball's expanded 16-team postseason begins Tuesday afternoon featuring Game 1 of all four American League Wild Card series.

The best-of-three series are being played at the home ballparks of the higher-ranked teams with the winners advancing to the traditional best-of-five Division Series.

Things get underway at 2 p.m. ET with the Minnesota Twins hosting the Houston Astros, followed by the Chicago White Sox visiting the Oakland Athletics at 3 p.m., Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Rays at 5 p.m. and the Cleveland Indians hosting the New York Yankees at 7 p.m.

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  • Rays-Blue Jays: Toronto tries to hang with top-seeded Tampa Bay
  • Yankees-Indians: Streaky Yanks begin quest for title No. 28

Josh Donaldson not on Twins roster

Former AL MVP Josh Donaldson was left off the Twins' 28-man roster for their Wild Card series against the Astros due to a calf injury. Minnesota signed Donaldson to a four-year, $92 million contract in the offseason but he was limited to 28 games, missing all of August with the injury and then sat out the final two games of the regular season.

Center fielder Byron Buxton, who suffered a head injury Friday, did manage to make it back and will bat second on Tuesday. Minnesota's active roster also includes top prospect Alex Kirilloff, who could become just the third player in history to make his MLB debut in the postseason.

– Jesse Yomtov

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