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Adam Engel gets White Sox’ postseason off and trotting

Engel homered in his first postseason at-bat. No White Sox player had ever done that.

Adam Engel is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning Tuesday.
Adam Engel is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning Tuesday.
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White Sox outfielder Adam Engel’s first postseason hit was a home run.

In the career of a fourth outfielder, that will do. No Sox player ever had homered in his first postseason at-bat.

‘‘Oh, man, incredible,’’ Engel said after his shot to left field against Athletics left-hander Jesus Luzardo gave the Sox a 1-0 lead in their 4-1 victory Tuesday in Game 1 of their wild-card series in Oakland, California. ‘‘Once I hit it, rounding the bases was like one of those things you’re trying to envision pregame, putting yourself in the box. Then when it actually happens, it’s just such a cool feeling.’’

It was super-cool for a team of mostly first-timers to the postseason scene. When a collective case of nerves or unfamiliarity with the stakes might be simmering, scoring first can be a big deal.

‘‘It was good to get the first run across,’’ Engel said. ‘‘Especially in the playoffs, the first team that scores, they’re able to maybe take a deep breath a little bit. I was happy to be able to be that guy today.’’

Engel wasn’t done. He doubled off the wall his next time up, the knockout blow for Luzardo.

Jimenez out of lineup

Outfielder Eloy Jimenez tested his sprained right foot before the game but was unable to go.

Leury Garcia, who hadn’t played since the second week of August and was added to the postseason roster, played left field and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

‘‘We put him through the rigors, [and] there’s a little discomfort,’’ manager Rick Renteria said of Jimenez, who batted .296/.332/.559 with 14 homers and 41 RBI in the regular season. ‘‘We saw a limitation there. So it just makes sense, as you’re looking at the big picture, to have him available, potentially, for an at-bat. The mobility would have been an issue.’’

Whether Jimenez, who missed the last series of the regular season against the Cubs, can play in Game 2 on Wednesday remained ‘‘fluid,’’ Renteria said.

With Garcia in left, Luis Robert in center and Engel in right, the Sox had arguably the fastest outfield in baseball. The left-handed-hitting Nomar Mazara sat out against the lefty starter.

Lopez left off roster

The Sox have 13 pitchers on their playoff roster, but right-hander Reynaldo Lopez isn’t one of them. He was left off after getting shelled for six runs in 1„ innings by the Cubs on Sunday. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who has a sore shoulder, also was left off.

Catcher Zack Collins made the roster as a third catcher, a necessity with Yasmani Grandal and James McCann possibly being used ahead of slumping Edwin Encarnacion at designated hitter.

The pitchers on the postseason roster are right-handers Lucas Giolito, Dane Dunning, Dylan Cease, Alex Colome, Evan Marshall, Matt Foster, Codi Heuer and Jimmy Cordero and left-handers Dallas Keuchel, Carlos Rodon, Garrett Crochet, Aaron Bummer and Jace Fry.

Keuchel signed up for this

Keuchel, who has a 4-2 record and 3.47 ERA in 12 postseason games, including 11 starts, is the Game 2 starter.

‘‘This is what I signed up for,’’ said Keuchel, who agreed to a three-year, $55 million contract in the offseason.

Keuchel was 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in the regular season.

So long

Right-hander Steve Cishek was released and left-hander Ross Detwiler elected to become a free agent. Both were designated for assignment last week.