MLB wild card: Day 1 takeaways, keys to Game 2

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It has begun. The best-of-three wild-card round kicked off the first day of the 2023 MLB playoffs with eight clubs in action.

The Minnesota Twins ended their 18-game postseason home losing run by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of the American League, while the visiting Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks upset the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins, giving the National League the spotlight for the evening.

We've got you covered with takeaways, live updates and analysis from the Day 1 games, as well as one thing to know for each Game 2.

Last postseason, the Phillies rode the one-two punch of Wheeler and Aaron Nola deep into October.

Wheeler did his part in Game 1 on Tuesday night, but Nola hasn't been the same pitcher as he was a year ago, with a regular-season ERA rising to 4.46 in 2023 from 3.25 last season.

Whether Nola can find that playoff touch again will play a big part in determining how far the Phillies go this month.