Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson taking BP here this morning

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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)

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista are both in Toronto's Game 2 lineup. Adrian Beltre is not in the Texas lineup. Hanser Alberto, the 22-year-old rookie, is playing third.


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 

Adrian Beltre is not in Rangers starting lineup for Game 2. Rookie Hanser Alberto playing third and batting ninth in his place.

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Rangers preparing for no Beltre

Adrian Beltre left Thursday's game with a lower back strain. He's not ruled out for Game 2, but Texas is flying Joey Gallo and Ed Lucas to Toronto in case the situation turns worse. Rookie Hanser Alberto replaced Beltre in Game 1 and could start today.

Bautista, Donaldson will play Game 2 (2:49)
SVP picks his winners (3:03)
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10hJim Caple, ESPN Senior Writer

Rangers win Game 1 but lose leader Adrian Beltre

Jeff Banister called ailing Adrian Beltre the "heart and soul" of the Rangers. The big question: Will Beltre be available to play Friday -- or beyond?

Stars shut out Penguins (0:42)
Beltre's playing status for Game 2 unknown (1:34)