Wild Card Wednesday Takeaways: Astros, Rays sweep; Braves win 13-inning thriller

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For the first time in the history of the MLB playoffs, there will be eight postseason games played on a single day.

Wild Card Wednesday began with a Cincinnati RedsAtlanta Braves extra-inning thriller and the Houston Astros‘ sweeping the Minnesota Twins out of the playoffs. Then the Miami Marlins took the opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and the Oakland A’s forced a deciding Game 3 against the Chicago White Sox. The second team to advance to the division series? The Tampa Bay Rays, who blasted the Toronto Blue Jays.

Things conclude with a 10 p.m. ET Milwaukee BrewersLos Angeles Dodgers clash in L.A.

Here are the heroes, turning points and takeaways from each of Wednesday’s matchups.

Key links: Preview | Predictions | Schedule, bracket | Playoff Baseball Classic

Jump to: HOU at MIN | CIN at ATL | MIA at CHC | CHW at OAK | TOR at TB

Houston Astros 3, Minnesota Twins 1

Game 2 hero: Carlos Correa. One of the players at the center of the controversy surrounding the Astros this season (does the name Joe Kelly ring a bell?), Correa belted a

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