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Astros hold CF Gomez out of Game 1 vs. Royals

Astros manager A.J. Hinch held center fielder Carlos Gomez out of the starting lineup in Game 1 of the AL Division Series with a strained left intercostal.

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Jake Marisnick is playing CF and batting 9th for Astros in ALDS Game 1. Carlos Gomez is out with oblique injury. Manager A.J. Hinch says Gomez is available off the bench tonight and might start Game 2.

Stats & Info

McHugh vs. Ventura in Game 1

The Astros will send 19-game winner Collin McHugh to the mound opposite Royals flamethrower Yordano Ventura in Thursday's ALDS opener.

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

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

Jerry Crasnick 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.

Astros loaded with fantasy value

Houston has four players on this list, more than any other team. With so many to choose from, who do you take first in next year's fantasy draft? Early top 25 in 2016 (Insider)

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Thursday's MLB Postseason schedule

  • Rangers at Blue Jays (Yovani Gallardo vs. David Price): 3:37 p.m. ET
  • Astros at Royals (Collin McHugh vs. Yordano Ventura), 7:37 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Can't give you the visual, but here's the Jays lineup: Revere LF, Donaldson 3B, Bautista RF, Encarnacion DH, Tulowitzki SS, Smoak 1B, Martin C, Goins 2B, Pillar CF, Price LHP

Stats & Info

ALDS preview: Astros vs. Royals

Here's a look at some of the key head-to-head stats from this season as Kansas City gets set to host Houston in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday night.

7hBen Lindbergh

Grantland: ALDS Preview: Breaking Down Rangers vs. Blue Jays and Astros vs. Royals

The Blue Jays were under .500 as late as July 28 and finished with a historically great run differential and a six-game edge in the AL East. The Rangers were under .500 as late as August 13 and won the AL West. The Astros and Royals have the fewest and third-fewest wins over the past 10 seasons, yet here they are, brazenly being good baseball teams, as if that's just normal now and we're supposed to sit back and accept it. It should be a fun ride, so let's preview some playoff games.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Comfortable temperatures are expected in Kansas City tonight for the ALDS opener between the Astros and Royals. According to AccuWeather, it will be mostly cloudy and 72 degrees at first pitch. A light passing shower is possible. Winds blowing out to RF at 8-16 mph.

Matt Marrone 

Senior Circuit vs. Junior Circuit, indeed: Tomorrow, the NLDS begins with one charter member of the National League — the Cubs — two other “Classic Eight” members of the NL — the Cardinals and Dodgers — and one 1962 expansion club — the Mets. Combined years of Senior Circuit service, including this year: 444. Today, the ALDS begins with three 1960s expansion teams — Rangers, Astros and Royals — and one 1970s expansion team — the Blue Jays — one of which (the Astros) switched from the NL to the AL in 2013. Combined years of Junior Circuit service, including this year: 144. That’s exactly a 300-year difference.

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Astros slate Kazmir for Game 2; K.C. speeds up

Struggling veteran Scott Kazmir, who has won only two of his 13 starts since being acquired by the Astros prior to the trade deadline, will start Game 2 of the ALDS vs. the Royals.

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Scott Kazmir to start Game 2 for AStros

Said Astros manager A.J. Hinch: "He's pitched very well against the Royals this year in three games. This is a good ballpark for him to pitch in. This is a big stage. He's been there before. Lefthanded pitching against their balanced lineup was something that I looked heavily on." Kazmir hasn't won a game since late August.

19hTim Kurkjian

Kurkjian: Five questions for Astros-Royals

After advancing to the World Series last season, the Royals had the best record in the American League this year. How do they size up with the Astros in the ALDS?

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Astros vs. Rangers still not over

After the Astros' wild-card win last night, did manager A.J. Hinch strengthen his case for AL Manager of the Year? Or does Texas' Jeff Banister still have the edge with the division title? Schoenfield's award selections


Astros/Yankee, Roy Hibbert, ODB/Bills

Dan Le Batard, Bomani Jones and Papi discuss Astros/Yankees AL Wildcard matchup, Roy Hibbert's antics during pre-season, Odell Beckham Jr. upsetting the Bills and more.

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Johnny Damon on Astros' win in AL wild card

Two-time World Series champion Johnny Damon dishes on his relationship with Danny Kanell, the MLB wild-card format, the Yankees' loss to the Astros and Houston's potential.

One Nación: Who will win AL Rookie of the Year? (2:27)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Kansas City Royals are on the field Wednesday for their final workout before the start of the ALDS on Thursday night. The Houston Astros are not expected to work out after winning the AL wild-card game in NY on Tuesday.


Best of M&M: Olney, Herby, Rousey, Stark

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic discuss the Astros' AL wild card win and preview the NL wild card matchup with Buster Olney and Jayson Stark. Plus, Kirk Herbstreit and Ronda Rousey join the show.

Stats & Info

Dallas Keuchel excels on short rest

Keuchel's six shutout innings against the Yankees on Tuesday is the first time a starter has thrown a scoreless postseason start on three-days rest since Josh Beckett in 2003.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25021st
On Base Percentage.31516th
Slugging Percentage.4372nd
Earned Run Average3.576th
Quality Starts945th

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