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Follow live: Rangers strike first, but lose Beltre

Shortly after helping Yovani Gallardo and Texas to a lead in Toronto, Adrian Beltre left ALDS Game 1 with back stiffness.

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Kurkjian: 5 questions for Astros-Royals

One year after advancing to the World Series, the Royals had the best record in the American League. But how do they size up with the Astros in the ALDS?

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How do you pitch to Josh Donaldson?

Josh Donaldson had an MVP-caliber season for the Blue Jays. A breakdown of how to pitch to the Toronto slugger.

Sean Rodriguez punches Gatorade cooler like a madman (0:08)
Arrieta, Cubs riding momentum into St. Louis (2:04)
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21hGordon Edes

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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22hJim Caple

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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One and done: Grading the 2015 Yankees

After the shortest postseason in franchise history, it's time to hand out our year-end report card for the 2015 Bronx Bombers.

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Szymborski: Does Mark Buehrle have HOF case?

With rumblings that Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle could retire following this season, Dan Szymborski puts the crafty 36-year-old lefty's career under the microscope.

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Astros own the moment that passes Yankees by

Dallas Keuchel got the better of Alex Rodriguez in a pivotal sixth-inning showdown Tuesday night, Gordon Edes writes, and the Astros are moving on to face the Royals in the American League Division Series.

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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!


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Injury Update on Beltre: He left the game with low back stiffness. He's being further evaluated.

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If Adrian Beltre recovers well enough to DH but not play third in this series, I'd rather have him in the lineup than Prince Fielder.

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Adrian Beltre singled in run but his back hurting him so much he hobbled to first and was crying when trainer later checked on him. He left game and is replaced by rookie Hanser Alberto.

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Delino Deshields was a Rule V Draft pick by the Rangers last December from the Houston Astros. Truly a difference maker type move giving this team a much needed lead-off hitter and speed at the top of the lineup. By the way the cost of a rule v pick? Just $50,000.

Beltre comes out of game

Adrian Beltre has left Game 1 of the ALDS in the 3rd inning with an apparent injury. Hanser Alberto came in for him at third base. The Rangers lead the Blue Jays 2-0. Follow live


Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Today's lineups for ALDS Game 1 between Royals and Astros

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Both Blue Jays and Rangers front offices put their teams in this playoff position because of aggressive trade deadline deals. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopulos picked up: Price, Tulowitzki, Revere, Hawkins, Lowe and Rangers GM Jon Daniels acquired: Hamels, Diekman, Dyson, Napoli, Hamilton, Venable.

Rangers score first in ALDS Game 1

Delino DeShields hit an RBI single to bring in Rougned Odor. That was the first hit Blue Jays David Price gave up, although he walked 2 in the first inning. Follow live

Cubs fan: 'This is our year'

Back to the Future II had the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series and some Chicago fans are thinking this is the year to win their first title since 1908. One fan said "[If] they win this year, I'm going to heaven."


Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Blue Jays hitters doing a good job in not chasing Gallardo's pitches down away and out of zone which should benefit them later in game

Rousey teaches SportsCenter a lesson

Poor Tim Kurkjian. Who would want to be the target of a straight armbar demonstration from Ronda Rousey and Lindsay Czarniak?


Sean Rodriguez apologizes to cooler

Sean Rodriguez tweeted after ferociously attacking a Gatorade cooler after being ejected from the NL wild-card game. Part of the message was, "I also spoke to the cooler, apologized personally, and he's forgiven me as Christ forgives all."


Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

The biggest difference between David Price in this post-season game than any other in his career is he's throwing way more secondary pitches and mixing pitches way more than ever before

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Johnny Cueto sounds supremely confident heading into his Game 2 ALDS start with Royals. "You'll get to see what Johnny Cueto is all about," he said. Yep, in third person.

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

The strong yet calming and quiet leadership of Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin demonstrated yet again in Game 1 Inning 1 of the ALDS when they conference with David Price after 2 walks ...right after a Prince Fielder 4-6-3 DP to end inning

Gallardo good vs. Blue Jays this season

Rangers RHP Yovani Gallardo beat the Jays both times he faced them this season and didn't allow a run in 13 2/3 innings. He takes on LHP David Price in Game 1 of the ALDS. Follow live


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Late slippage? Since throwing 5 1/3 scoreless against the Jays on Aug. 27, Yovani Gallardo posted a 4.85 ERA and a .347 batting average against in six starts.

Price looking to change postseason ways

Though Blue Jays LHP David Price went 18-5 this regular season, he's the only pitcher in MLB history to lose his first five career postseason starts. He'll have a chance for his first win vs. the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS. Follow live


Rangers at Blue Jays in Game 1 of ALDS

Jays LHP David Price and Rangers RHP Yovani Gallardo square off in Toronto to start ALDS play. Toronto is in the postseason for the first time since 1993 as Texas aims to break a 3-game postseason skid dating back to 2011. Follow live

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