Dallas Keuchel continued his mastery of the Yankees with the help of a nifty slider. That and aggressive hitting were the keys to the Astros' win.
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The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night.
It's time for real, live playoff baseball.
Is this the year for the Royals to win?
One of our 23 baseball analysts surveyed thinks so. Kansas City is heavily favored to make it past whoever the wild-card winner is in the ALDS but loses a good amount of supporters in the ALCS. Playoff picks
Eric Cooper will be the plate umpire for the AL wild-card game and Jeff Nelson will call balls and strikes at the NL game.
Are Royals atop Power Rankings?
Was winning five straight at the end of the season enough to vault Kansas City to the top spot in our final rankings? Find out here
Cueto still capable of dominance
It may not seem like it -- given the way he's pitched in Kansas City -- but Johnny Cueto still has the stuff to shut opponents down. Will he or another pitcher be this postseason's Madison Bumgarner? Photo gallery
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!
Blue Jays favored to win it all
According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Toronto has the highest odds at winning the World Series. The Royals and Dodgers are close behind.
Ventura hot for Royals at right time
Yordano Ventura struggled for Kansas City early this season but has settled into a groove in his last 10 starts. The 24-year-old will look to keep things going in the postseason.
Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL Central
The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each AL Central team:
- Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu
- Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley
- Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
- Kansas City Royals: Lorenzo Cain
- Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
ESPN's baseball analysts gaze into their crystal balls and make their postseason predictions, including who will win the World Series.
Grantland: The 30 Finale: Throw Your Hands Up Like Max Scherzer and Say Goodbye to the Regular Season
Before the Yankees and Astros square off tomorrow, let's sort through 2015 and take one last look at the good, the bad, and the Scherzer. It's the finale of the 30!
Home sweet home for the Royals
Kansas City secured home-field advantage in the AL throughout the postseason on Sunday. If the Royals make it to the ALCS and face the Blue Jays, playing four at Kauffman Stadium will be a big plus. Sunday's Top 5
Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does their style of play work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.
Miami's Dee Gordon edged Washington's Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, one of many season-ending statistical awards solidified Sunday across the majors.
Salvador Perez added to his career-best home run total, Johnny Cueto tossed five solid innings and the Kansas City Royals secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating the Min
Royals clinch AL's best record
Salvador Perez launched a two-run homer, Johnny Cueto allowed one run over five innings and the Royals captured their 95th victory of the season with a 6-1 win over the Twins. Box score
Royals looking like the No. 1
Kansas City needed to lose AND the Blue Jays had to win for Toronto to unseat the Royals from the AL's top spot. The Jays trail 9-0 while the Royals lead 5-0 in the fourth. Follow live
AL scenario: Top AL seed
- Royals win No. 1 seed with a win today vs. the Twins OR a Blue Jays loss to the Rays.
- Blue Jays win No. 1 seed with a win vs. Tampa Bay and a Royals loss.
Ventura's gem eliminates Twins
Yordano Ventura took a no-hitter into the fifth and struck out 11 to knock the Twins out of postseason contention. The Royals clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win or a Blue Jays loss. Saturday's Top 5
Royals de-throned in popularity contest
They became baseball's most thrilling team to watch last year. Then, the Royals started the season by trying to fight everyone, and they've ended the season with an epic September collapse. Are they still worthy of your fandom? Who you root for, who you don't
The Minnesota Twins were eliminated from the AL wild-card race Saturday, getting stifled by Yordano Ventura for seven innings in a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.