Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

The Rangers Game 1 lineup:

FPI favors Horned Frogs over Wildcats

According to the Football Power Index, TCU has a 77 percent chance to defeat Kansas State. What is the predicted point differential? GameDay Kickoff

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Stroman. Toronto's Game 2 pitcher, on ovation Jays players got at last night's Leafs game: "It's been unreal, the love that we've been getting from Toronto, from all of Canada has been unbelievable. I feel like we feed off that energy that the country brings us and we're excited to get out there and kind of put the country in our back and play for an entire nation. So the boys couldn't be more hyped, excited to get going here."

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Matchup of aces in Game 1

The Rangers will send Opening Day starter Yovani Gallardo to the mound opposite Cy Young candidate David Price and the Blue Jays in Thursday's ALDS opener.

Cowboys speak to Hardy about comments

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett spoke with DE Greg Hardy about his comments about returning "guns blazing," and about the wife of Tom Brady. Said Garrett: "We just addressed it immediately. That's not how we want to operate as an organization. Players and coaches in our organization understand that. We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what we say."

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Can't give you the visual, but here's the Jays lineup: Revere LF, Donaldson 3B, Bautista RF, Encarnacion DH, Tulowitzki SS, Smoak 1B, Martin C, Goins 2B, Pillar CF, Price LHP

Something in the water?

None of the top-four quarterbacks in terms of QBR are in the Eastern Time Zone. Two Pac-12 QBs lead the bunch, and USC's Cody Kessler hopes his play Thursday night will be good enough to catch Utah's Travis Wilson.

Road to the Big 12 Title

TCU and Baylor have a long road ahead of them leading into their late-season showdown. Will both the Horned Frogs and Bears make it to their matchup unscathed?

Brady's offense hard to prepare for (1:32)
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Jays bats looming large in ALDS

Joe Peta and Andrew Lange say the matchups favor Toronto in what could be October's biggest mismatch. How to bet Rangers-Jays (Insider)

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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

Preview: Oklahoma vs. Texas (2:55)

Jones on Hardy 'guns' comment: 'Oh my ...'

When informed of DE Greg Hardy's curious choice of words to describe his return from suspension, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told SI: "Oh my goodness," before adding, "Well, you're not allowed to have guns on the football field. We all know that's just a way of expressing yourself. I hope his guns are ablazin'." Commissioner weighs in

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett has spoken to Greg Hardy about the defensive end's comments regarding "guns blazing" and Tom Brady's wife, saying that's not what the organization stands for. "We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what you say ... He understands that now," Garrett said.

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ALDS preview: Rangers vs. Jays

Here's a look at some of the key head-to-head stats from this season as Toronto gets set to host Texas in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday afternoon.

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Grantland: ALDS Preview: Breaking Down Rangers vs. Blue Jays and Astros vs. Royals

The Blue Jays were under .500 as late as July 28 and finished with a historically great run differential and a six-game edge in the AL East. The Rangers were under .500 as late as August 13 and won the AL West. The Astros and Royals have the fewest and third-fewest wins over the past 10 seasons, yet here they are, brazenly being good baseball teams, as if that's just normal now and we're supposed to sit back and accept it. It should be a fun ride, so let's preview some playoff games.