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The Epic AL Wild-Card Game in Photos: Toronto's Day Started and Ended with a Smile

We compiled a collection of Blue Jays photos from the team's thrilling wild-card game victory over the Orioles.

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Oct 5 2016, 5:51pm

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The Blue Jays won Tuesday's thrilling, extra-inning wild-card game against the Orioles on an Edwin Encarnacion walk-off homer in front of the home crowd at Rogers Centre in Toronto. It was the perfect way to kick off the 2016 postseason.

We've compiled a collection of Blue Jays photos from the memorable winner-take-all game, starting from batting practice—the calm before the storm.

Special thanks to John Lott for photo contributions.

Encarnacion was all smiles, hours before he would become Toronto's latest postseason hero.

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He wasn't the only one.

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If playoff nerves were a thing, you wouldn't know it looking at the Blue Jays.

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We knew this guy would be ready.

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And ready he was. Bautista went yard to open the scoring.

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Boom.

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Just Kevin Pillar doing Kevin Pillar things.

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And Josh Donaldson making bare-handed plays look routine.

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Shocker: Jason Grilli was fired up.

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As was Donaldson, who delivered a key leadoff double in the ninth. The game remained tied 2-2 going into the 11th.

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Enter Encarnacion.

Going...

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Going...

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Gone.

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Game over.

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Yeah, baby.

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Let the celebrations begin.

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And here comes the man of the hour.

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Drink up, Jose, you look thirsty.

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In the end, Encarnacion's day finished the way it started: with a smile on his face. And for good reason.

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Next up: Jays-Rangers, in a rematch of last season's epic ALDS.