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Rangers in good spot with Hamels going

Texas has won each of Cole Hamels' last 10 starts. He'll take the mound in Game 2 against Toronto's Marcus Stroman who is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA this season.

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Early road success looms large in LDS

  • When the road team wins Game 1 of a best-of-5 postseason series it goes on to win the series 73.2 percent of the time (41-15).
  • Teams that win the first two games on the road of a best-of-5 series go on to win the series 93.1 percent of the time (27-2).
    • (via Elias Sports Bureau)


Adrian Beltre not in Rangers' lineup

Beltre's name is not on Texas' lineup card for Game 2, a day after the Rangers 3B left the team's Game 1 win early with a back strain. Hanser Alberto replaces Beltre at third for the 12:45 p.m. ET start.

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Thanks to Prince Fielder (No. 84) and Hanser Alberto (No. 68), the Rangers jersey numbers on their starters out-totals the Blue Jays 312-162. And that's with Elvis Andrus (No. 1) in the lineup but without Robinson Chirinos (No. 61) starting.

Cowboys have no chance against Patriots (1:31)

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

It's MLB's decision, by the way, if the roof at Rogers Centre is open in postseason. The vote the last two days has been for air-conditioned comfort.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

An hour before game roof at Rogers Centre is closed. Accuweather forecast says times of clouds and sun, breezy this afternoon. High of 64 degrees. They say ball travels better when roof is open, but Jays, Rangers combined to hit three homers yesterday with roof closed.

How much will Rangers miss Adrian Beltre? (1:08)

Lance Dunbar to undergo surgery today

The Cowboys RB will have knee surgery later Friday, according to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Dunbar tore the ACL in his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Saints and is out for the season.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is making the scene here.

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Rangers Game 2 lineup:

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

More from Banister on Beltre: "We really hope we don't get to that point where we need him to pinch-hit. But given what he did yesterday in an at-bat where I think most of us would have been laying down in the fetal position, for him to go to the plate and drive in a run is pretty spectacular so I'm not going to rule Adrian out of anything."

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Adrian Beltre is not in the Game 2 lineup: but Jeff Banister does not rule him out as pinch-hitter (but don't count on that). "The only update I have is that he's still sore. Obviously, there's still some spasms but our hope is he continues to get better. He's getting worked on. I'm never going to count Adrian out of anything. The toughest guy I've ever been around."

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H.S. coaches backing Charlie Strong

After a 1-4 start, the Texas coach is seeing people call for his job. But the state's high school coaches have a lot of pull and they feel he should get more time to make his mark with the Texas program. How come (Insider)

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson taking BP here this morning

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Can Dallas scheme Witten open?

Jason Witten could be in for a long day against New England. The Patriots' are excellent at taking away their opponents' No. 1 option, which could make life difficult for the Cowboys' tight end. Fantasy advice (Insider)