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Kurkjian: Offense key to Rangers-Blue Jays series

The Rangers own one of baseball's top lineups, but even that might not be enough to keep up with the high-scoring Blue Jays in the ALDS.

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How do you pitch to Josh Donaldson?

Josh Donaldson had an MVP-caliber season for the Blue Jays. A breakdown of how to pitch to the Toronto slugger.

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Kurkjian: 5 questions for Astros-Royals

One year after advancing to the World Series, the Royals had the best record in the American League. But how do they size up with the Astros in the ALDS?

Sean Rodriguez punches Gatorade cooler like a madman (0:08)
Arrieta, Cubs riding momentum into St. Louis (2:04)
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20hGordon Edes

Excitement about the Blue Jays booming in Toronto

Toronto has become a baseball town this fall, as the city is going nuts about the Toronto Blue Jays making the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

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21hJim Caple

Back, back, back to the future

Thanks to ''Back To The Future, Part II,'' we know the Cubs will win this year's World Series. But what do the next decades hold for Chicago and the rest of baseball? We traveled 30 years into the future to peek at the 2045 Baseball Almanac.

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One and done: Grading the 2015 Yankees

After the shortest postseason in franchise history, it's time to hand out our year-end report card for the 2015 Bronx Bombers.

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Szymborski: Does Mark Buehrle have HOF case?

With rumblings that Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle could retire following this season, Dan Szymborski puts the crafty 36-year-old lefty's career under the microscope.

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Astros own the moment that passes Yankees by

Dallas Keuchel got the better of Alex Rodriguez in a pivotal sixth-inning showdown Tuesday night, Gordon Edes writes, and the Astros are moving on to face the Royals in the American League Division Series.

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Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy Jayson Stark doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!


Sean Rodriguez apologizes to cooler

Sean Rodriguez tweeted a message after ferociously attack a Gatorade cooler after being ejected from the NL wild-card game. Part of the message was, "I also spoke to the cooler, apologized personally, and he's forgiven me as Christ forgives all."


Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

The biggest difference between David Price in this post-season game than any other in his career is he's throwing way more secondary pitches and mixing pitches way more than ever before

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Johnny Cueto sounds supremely confident heading into his Game 2 ALDS start with Royals. "You'll get to see what Johnny Cueto is all about," he said. Yep, in third person.

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

The strong yet calming and quiet leadership of Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin demonstrated yet again in Game 1 Inning 1 of the ALDS when they conference with David Price after 2 walks ...right after a Prince Fielder 4-6-3 DP to end inning

Gallardo good vs. Blue Jays this season

Rangers RHP Yovani Gallardo beat the Jays both times he faced them this season and didn't allow a run in 13 2/3 innings. He takes on LHP David Price in Game 1 of the ALDS. Follow live


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Late slippage? Since throwing 5 1/3 scoreless against the Jays on Aug. 27, Yovani Gallardo posted a 4.85 ERA and a .347 batting average against in six starts.

Price looking to change postseason ways

Though Blue Jays LHP David Price went 18-5 this regular season, he's the only pitcher in MLB history to lose his first five career postseason starts. He'll have a chance for his first win vs. the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS. Follow live


Rangers at Blue Jays in Game 1 of ALDS

Jays LHP David Price and Rangers RHP Yovani Gallardo square off in Toronto to start ALDS play. Toronto is in the postseason for the first time since 1993 as Texas aims to break a 3-game postseason skid dating back to 2011. Follow live

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Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

O, Canada! Finally back in postseason for first time sine 1993.

Blue Jays Game 1 starter: David Price

  • 18-5 record, 2.45 ERA
  • Traded from Detroit to Toronto in July
  • AL starter ranks: 1st in ERA, 3rd in IP (220.1)
  • Aug. 26 start vs. Texas: 6 IP, 2 runs, 8 K's


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Blue Jays fans drowning out intros of Rangers players with chants of "Let's Go Blue Jays."

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Texas Game 2 starter Cole Hamels on the new, slower, less bouncy turf in Toronto; "I guess the new turf does do some terrible things. At least it looks good. ... You basically just have to keep the ball down. If anything it gives guys the chance to get to balls and make plays."

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

The roof at Rogers Centre is closed a half hour before first pitch. Jays are 38-14 this season when it's open, 11-14 when closed, 0-4 when both open and closed at some point.

ICYMI: Sean Rodriguez 1, Gatorade cooler 0

Pirates 1B Sean Rodriguez went full Mike Tyson on a Gatorade cooler after being ejected from the National League wild-card game. The cooler didn't get a hit in before falling down.


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila said he has already had some preliminary discussions with other executives heading into this offseason. His message? "We're open for business."

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

When John Gibbons was fired as manager by the Blue Jays in midseason 2008, he was replaced by Cito Gaston, who managed the Jays to Series titles in '92 and '93. Gibbons returned in 2013; Gaston is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch this afternoon.

Five questions for Cubs-Cardinals NLDS

Tim Kurkjian says the health of St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina will loom large over who wins the series. Four other questions

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Civic pride is running high in KC as the famed J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain has been turned into something resembling a melted Slurpee. The Royals begin their run for a second-consecutive World Series appearance tonight at home against the Astros.

Thursday's MLB Postseason schedule

  • Rangers at Blue Jays (Yovani Gallardo vs. David Price): 3:37 p.m. ET
  • Astros at Royals (Collin McHugh vs. Yordano Ventura), 7:37 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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