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MLB Divisional Series: Highlights, Live Updates and Takeaways from a Wild Day 1

We’ve shrunk to eight teams for the 2022 postseason after losing four last weekend in the first-ever weekend of the MLB Wildcard Series. Now on to the league division series: four series, best-of-five, first team to win three pushes.

ThePhiladelphia Phillies beat defending champions Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the Division Series Round. In a clash between AL West rivals, the Houston Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners. The New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians will battle it out in the second ALDS, and finally a showdown between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in the second NLDS caps a packed Tuesday.

How will the four survivors fare against the top squad?

Follow the action below throughout the day with tee times, pitching matches and starting lineups as they are announced, followed by in-game updates and takeaways after each game.

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Yankees lead series 1-0

The Yankees needed Gerrit Cole to be at the top of their game and he delivered. Over the course of 6 1/3 innings, Cole only allowed one run on four hits – a home run for Steven Kwan – while making a walker and hitting eight. The game almost fell apart against Cole in the third inning after Cleveland loaded the bases with an out following Kwan’s home run, but Cole managed to get out of the inning unscathed.

Meanwhile, on the plate, the Yankees relied on a solo homer from Harrison Bader to level the game, a sacrifice fly from Jose Trevino to take the lead and a two-run shot from Anthony Rizzo into the second deck of the right Felds to extend the lead 4-1. That provided a cushion for the bullpen, which was held together on the backs of Jonathan Loaisiga, Wandy Peralta and Clay Holmes. – Joon Lee

It wouldn’t be a game at Yankee Stadium without a lot of home runs. Speaking of which, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run thingy to extend New York’s lead.

Josh Donaldson thought he had a starting shot for the home run… and was caught between first and second base when it was revealed the ball had bounced off the top of the wall instead. Replay confirmed this, and Yankee fans were less than thrilled. Luckily for the Bronx Bombers, a miss by Oscar Gonzalez off the right field wall resulted in a victim fly and a weak lead.

Harrison Bader tied things up for New York with a home run to left field. It’s Bader’s first home run as a member of the Yankees.

The Guardians’ powerful postseason continues, with Steven Kwan opening the scoring with a 360-foot home run to right field.

Series draw 0:0

Trea Turner put the Dodgers ahead in the first inning with a 419-foot blast down left field.

Padre’s Starter:Mike Clevinger (7-7, 91K, 4.33 ERA)

Dodgers Starters:Julio Urias (17-7, 166K, 2.16 ERA

Starting lineups:

FATHERS

1. Jurickson Profar (S) LF

2.Juan Soto (L)RF

3. Manny Machado (R) 3B

4.Brandon Drury (R)DH

5. Wil Myers (R) 1B

6. Jake Cronenworth (L) 2B

7. Ha-Seong Kim (R) SS

8. Trent Grisham (L) CF

9.Austin Nola (R)C

DIFFICULT

1.Mookie Betts (R)RF

2. Trea Turner (R) SS

3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B

4.Will Smith (R)C

5. Max Muncy (L) 3B

6. Justin Turner (R) DH

7. Gavin Lux (L) 2B

8. Trayce Thompson (R) LF

9. Cody Bellinger (L) CF

How they compete:Padres owner Peter Seidler, who appeared on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in August, called the Dodgers “the dragon on the freeway we’re trying to kill.” This dragon often seemed insurmountable. The Padres have spent the last four years doing everything they could — draining the farm system, raising the payroll to unforeseen levels — in an attempt to finish off the team, who live 125 miles north. But the Dodgers have dominated the Padres in every respect, winning their last nine games against them last year and scoring almost twice as many runs as them in this season’s series.

The Padres played hard against the Dodgers in the 2020 NLDS, but back then they had Fernando Tatis Jr. They don’t now. What they have is Juan Soto. To have a chance this week, Soto and Manny Machado need to do the heavy lifting for offense, Josh Hader needs to dominate in the back end of the bullpen and starting pitchers — the Padres’ only true advantage when they have one — need that do what they did in Queens against the Mets. But you have to wonder at the Padres’ confidence that goes into a series like this. They’re pretty much the little brother in this dynamic, and they get bullied all the time.– Alden Gonzalez

Astro leads 1-0

The Mariners were on their way to stealing home field advantage in their ALDS, and then the Astros did what the Astros always seem to do in October. Bottom nine. two on two out Jordan Alvarez at the plate. And Robbie Ray, reigning AL Cy Young winner, Seattle’s offseason $115 million free agent prize, walked in to win the left-to-left match. Alvarez fouled a fastball. He didn’t miss the next one. And 439 feet later, a 117-mph rocket landed in the right field stand, propelling the Astros to an 8-7 Game 1 win. Houston trailed 7-3 after Justin Verlander’s worst playoff start and looked finished , until it was ‘t. And it continued a trend that has proven extremely fruitful in recent years: six straight postseasons, six straight Game 1 wins of the ALDS. -Jeff Passan

The Astros used the most brutal weapon possible to troll the Mariners: math.

Alvarez’s walk-off home run propelled Houston into the series opener’s win column.

Alex Bregman’s 403-foot homer drove Alvarez home and narrowed Seattle’s lead to 7-5 by the end of the eighth inning.

Seattle extended their lead thanks to Eugenio Suarez’s solo home run.

The Astros’ first goal came in the third inning thanks to a brace from Yordan Alvarez that drove home Jose Altuve and Chas McCormick. Yuli Gurriel hit a 373-foot home run on her third run of the game, cutting Seattle’s lead to three.

Seattle’s hot start continued into the second inning with runs from Rodriguez, Adam Frazier and Jarred Kelenic.

Julio Rodriguez pulled a leadoff walk from Justin Verlander to start the game. Ty France’s goal put him in third place, and Cal Raleigh’s RBI single allowed Rodriguez to score the first run of the game.

Washington’s Department of Natural Resources couldn’t resist making a joke about Houston’s sign-theft scandal.

The very helpful apology. Especially for a 2:37 p.m. local time launch.

Phillies lead series 1-0

The Phillies’ offense developed with a different feel during the playoffs than the long ball-or-bust version we’ve seen most of the season. In Tuesday’s NLDS Game 1 win, they peppered Brave’s pitching with 10 hits — Nick Castellanos had three of them — and seven runs in the first five innings without hitting a home run.

When they weren’t filling bases via singles and doubles, Philadelphia played small ball and attempted three sacrificial bunts, including one each from hitters Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber. Two of those brusque attempts succeeded, leading to two more small-ball moments: sacrifice flies from Alec Bohm in the third inning and Matt Vierling in the fifth -6 win after the Braves made it interesting with a three-run ninth inning.

It’s not something you can find in the boxing score, but the Phillies’ quick start — coupled with the Mariners catching Astros ace Justin Verlander early in their own division opener — makes it worth wondering if it is a remainder vs. rust advantage to come into play hot after a win in the wild card round against a team that hasn’t played in almost a week. – Jesse Rogers

Nick Castellanos makes a jump catch for second in the ninth inning en route to a Philly win.

Matt Olson hits a three-run blaster with an out in the ninth, reducing the Phillies’ deficit to just one run — and giving the Braves some late-game hope.

Travis D’Arnaud earned his second and third RBI of the game with a double that brought home William Contreras and Olson – which put him to blame for all of Atlanta’s first three runs.

Philadelphia lives by the baseball adage that “two hits will get you to heaven.” Atlanta’s first goal came from the long ball.

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