Rangers take on Orioles, start quest for repeat vs. Astros upstart Twins


The Astros begin their World Series defense on Saturday.  (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

The Astros begin their World Series defense on Saturday. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) (Carmen Mandato via Getty Images)

The MLB wild-card round has concluded, and now the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds are entering the field. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers traded upsets in the first round and will look to carry that momentum into matchups against even tougher opponents in the Division Series.

The Minnesota Twins were the higher seed in their wild-card matchup, but their performance may have been the most surprising in the first round. The Twins won their first playoff game since 2004 with a Game 1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. They carried that energy into Game 2, in which they were able to complete the sweep.

Now, Minnesota faces a more difficult opponent, as the defending World Series champion Houston Astros host the Twins on the first day of the ALDS. But first, the Texas Rangers will meet the No. 1 seeded Baltimore Orioles to begin their five-game set.

All four Games 1 are on Saturday, meaning you can sit back and watch a full day of playoff baseball action. Not a bad way to spend a weekend.

Follow along as Yahoo Sports delivers the latest scores, news and injuries during the first day of ALDS and NLDS action.


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