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95-67, 1st in AL Cent

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.

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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

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Civic pride is running high in KC as the famed J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain has been turned into something resembling a melted Slurpee. The Royals begin their run for a second-consecutive World Series appearance tonight at home against the Astros.

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.

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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.

Kurkjian: Cueto and Ventura better be really good (1:03)
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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?

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals starter Yordano Ventura is looking forward to a postseason return, but as the No. 1 starter this year, the similarities are few. "(Thursday) is a different game altogether, different environment, different feeling."

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Ned Yost told me that since he put Alicides Escobar in lead-off spot last year they are 44g over .500 so of course he will lead-off in post-season. Also debating between Madson and Herrera in 8th other in 7th with Davis closing...sounds like leaning towards using Herrera in 7th in case he's wild can back-up w Madson.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals manager Ned Yost, on handling the expectations that come with being the AL's top regular-season team: "Pressure is what you make of it. Pressure is kind of like your little imaginary friend you had when you were 4-years old. If you think it's there, it's there. If you don't, you don't."

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.

Royals believe in the pen without Holland

Last October, the Royals knew leads were safe in the hands of their lockdown bullpen. Can Kansas City's relievers slam the door again despite the loss of closer Greg Holland? Still gritty and scrappy

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Updated World Series odds

Via Westgate LV Superbook, here are the latest odds to win the World Series:

  • Blue Jays: 3-1
  • Royals: 4-1
  • Dodgers: 5-1
  • Cardinals: 6-1
  • Mets: 7-1

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Royals to start Ventura in Game 1 of ALDS

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.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2693rd
On Base Percentage.32211th
Slugging Percentage.41211th
Earned Run Average3.7310th
Quality Starts7124th

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