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Astros defeat defending AL champs in Game 1

After their wild-card win in the Bronx, Colby Rasmus and the Astros weathered a rain delay in Kansas City and rolled over the Royals in the ALDS opener.

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Cubs to start Hendricks in Game 2 of NLDS

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has elected to start second-year right-hander Kyle Hendricks in Game 2 of their best-of-five NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday

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How do you pitch to Josh Donaldson?

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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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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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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!


Astros take Game 1 of ALDS over Royals

Despite a 47-minute rain delay in the third inning, RHP Collin McHugh pitched six innings, giving up 2 ER as the Astros beat the Royals 5-2. Game 2 is Friday at 3:45 p.m. ET. Postseason results, coverage


Bautista: 'I should be ready to go' Friday

Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista left Thursday's loss in the ninth with a hamstring cramp, but he said he should be good for Game 2 of the ALDS vs. the Rangers on Friday.


Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

The Astros look right at home at spacious Kauffman Stadium with their team speed and excellent outfield defense. Those home runs by George Springer and Colby Rasmus were a bonus tonight. But that's the way A.J. Hinch's lineup rolls.

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And Perez gets Hosmer to pop out to Valbuena in foul territory. That was huge! #Astros take a 5-2 lead to the 9th inning in KC.

Whoops! Astros won AL wild-card game

But apparently someone assumed the Yankees would be playing in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. the Royals.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Colby Rasmus is warming to October. He's one of 5 players to record an extra base hit in each of his first 5 postseason games. Nelson Cruz was the last to do it, in 2010.

Colby Rasmus hits second postseason HR

The Astros LF went deep in the wild-card game, and he just gave his team insurance with a solo shot to build Houston's lead to 5-2 over Kansas City in the eighth. Rasmus is the first Astro to homer in his team's first two games of a single postseason. Follow live

Adrian Beltre is day-to-day

The Rangers 3B left Thursday's ALDS Game 1 win over the Blue Jays after straining his back. Said GM Jon Daniels: "We haven't ruled him out of tomorrow's game. It doesn't appear to be a more than a back strain. He's still pretty sore."


Cubs fan: 'This is our year'

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kendrys Morales just delivered the Royals' 5th ever multi-homer game in the postseason. His home runs came in the 2nd and 4th innings as the Royals pulled within 3-2 against the Astros. The last Royals multi-homer game in the playoffs came when George Brett hit two in the '85 ALCS vs. the Blue Jays.

Kendrys Morales hits second HR of night

The Royals DH jacked solo home runs in the second and fourth innings to cut his team's deficit to just 3-2 heading into the fifth vs. the Astros. Morales joins George Brett and Willie Aikens as the only Royals with a multi-HR game in the postseason. Follow live

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals starter Yordano Ventura didn't outlast Thursday's early rain delay. The right-hander wasn't sharp as he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in just 2 innings while throwing 42 pitches. Chris Young replaced Ventura when play resumed after a 49-minute delay.

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Game 1 of the ALDS will resume at approximately 8:15 p.m. CT

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Josh Hamilton on Adrian Beltre's reluctance to leave game despite a back so painful he had to wipe away tears: "That says a lot about him and what kind of player he is, what kind of man he is. For him to get emotional like that shows how much he cares about this game, about his teammates and about this organization."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Astros and Royals are in a rain delay in Kansas City. The stoppage in play came at the end of the 2nd inning with the Astros leading 3-1. A member of the KC grounds crew was swallowed under the tarp as it was being unrolled, but appeared to be OK.