The Rays are off and running thanks to first baseman Yandy Díaz, who hit a leadoff home run off of Athletics starter Sean Manaea to begin Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card game. Díaz worked a 3-1 count before swatting a Manaea fastball out to right-center field.
Díaz hit 14 home runs across 79 games during the regular season. Meanwhile, Manaea allowed three home runs in 29 2/3 innings in September after missing the first five months recovering from last year’s shoulder surgery.
Update (8:44 PM ET): In the second inning, Avisaíl García absolutely crushed a two-run home run to straightaway center field, making it a 3-0 game.