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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

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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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

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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."

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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.

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Kendrys Morales takes one deep. Looks like that quad injury from last week is feeling better. Astros 3, Royals 1, B2.

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The Dodgers gave one-year contracts to its managers -- Walter Alston & Tommy Lasorda -- for 30 years from 1954-1983.

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Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who was teammates with Josh Donaldson in Oakland, just tweeted this: A gentle reminder, as my brain was dying and in need of immediate medical intervention, I passed a concussion test."

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Royals leadoff man Alcides Escobar did not swing at the first pitch he saw. Why should it matter? It tends to foreshadow what will happen. Said KC manager Ned Yost: "Our percentage of winning games when Eskie swings at the first pitch is huge. ... As soon as Eskie swings at the first pitch, you hear our dugout go, 'We're winning today.'"

Astros plate 2 runs in the first

Houston loaded the bases with no outs off Royals RHP Yordano Ventura, and RBI groundouts from Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis put them up 2-0 before the Royals even came to the plate. This is the first start where Ventura has allowed multiple runs in the first inning since June 6. Follow live

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Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Adrian Beltre has a lower back strain and is day to day. He said the MRI showed nothing major. Texas is flying in players just in case the back worsens. If they need to replace him, Beltre would not be eligible to play again until the World Series "The news would have to worse than it is now for us to consider that."

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Small sample size, but the Houston Astros' starting lineup is batting a collective .286 (10-for-35) lifetime against Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Jason Castro is 4-for-8 (.500) while Jose Altuve is 1-for-7 (.143). They have 0 home runs and 4 RBIs.

Royals host Astros in Game 1 of ALDS

After beating the Yankees in the wild-card game, the Astros take on the AL-best Royals in Kansas City. The Astros posted a 2.18 ERA against the Royals this season, the lowest of any AL team against Kansas City. Follow live


Royals' Game 1 starter: Yordano Ventura

  • 2015 regular season: 13-8, 4.08 ERA
  • 2014 postseason: 1-0, 3.20 ERA
  • July 26 start vs. Houston: 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 K's