After the Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers in their "sudden death" one game play off, the showdown to the 2009 World Series can begin in earnest.
The games, and the lineups are as follows:
The National League Wild Card Colorado Rockies will play against the National League Eastern Champion Philadelphia Phillies starting this afternoon.
Then the American League Central champion Twins face the American League East champion New York Yankees this evening; followed by the Saint Louis Cardinals representing the National League Central division facing NL West champions Los Angeles Dodgers on the West Coast later in the evening to wrap up the night.
Thursday night, the American League Wild Card Boston Red Sox have the late West Coast game against the (whatever they are being called this season) Angels in California.
In the first round, those winning the best three out of five games will advance to the second round to compete for the right to represent their respective League in the 2009 World Series.
Cable network TBS has all the first round coverage. Check local listings for time and channel.