MLB wild card: Phillies-Cardinals, more top plays; Guardians top Rays

The MLB postseason is officially underway!

The expanded, 12-team playoffs began Friday with eight teams partaking in best-of-three wild-card series.

The Cleveland Guardians topped the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1, in the first AL wild-card game of the day.

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Here are the top plays from Friday’s action.

Phillies vs. Cardinals (Game 1)

Stay tuned for updates.

Related: MLB odds: 2022 Wild Card best bets for Phillies-Cardinals, Mariners-Blue Jays 

Guardians 2, Rays 1 (Game 1)

All-out effort

Both teams started off strong in Cleveland, where a pitchers duel unfolded through the first four innings that included seven combined strikeouts between the Guardians’ Shane Bieber and Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan

The Rays closed out the fourth inning with a monster double play to work out of a bases-loaded jam.

Going, going, gone!

Rays center fielder Jose Siri hit a solo homer to get Tampa Bay on the board first in the sixth inning.

Jose Siri’s home run gives Rays 1-0 lead vs. Guardians

Jose Siri's home run gives Rays 1-0 lead vs. Guardians

Jose Siri kicked off the postseason scoring by hitting a home run to right-center field that gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 1-0 lead over the Cleveland Guardians.

Answering back

Cleveland answered right back, as third baseman José Ramírez crushed a two-run homer to give Guardians a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was a lead they would hold onto until the end.

José Ramírez’s two-run homer gives Guardians a 2-1 lead vs. Rays

José Ramírez's two-run homer gives Guardians a 2-1 lead vs. Rays

José Ramírez gave the Cleveland Guardians a huge boost after crushing a two-run homer to right-center field, giving them a 2-1 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.

COMING UP:

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Mariners vs. Blue Jays (Game 1 at 4:07 p.m. ET)

Seattle Mariners

SEA

Toronto Blue Jays

TOR

Related: MLB odds: Every playoff team’s 2022 World Series odds bets ranked from worst to first

Padres vs. Mets (Game 1 at 8:07 p.m. ET)

San Diego Padres

SD

New York Mets

NYM

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