Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Rangers Game 2 lineup:

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

More from Banister on Beltre: "We really hope we don't get to that point where we need him to pinch-hit. But given what he did yesterday in an at-bat where I think most of us would have been laying down in the fetal position, for him to go to the plate and drive in a run is pretty spectacular so I'm not going to rule Adrian out of anything."

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Adrian Beltre is not in the Game 2 lineup: but Jeff Banister does not rule him out as pinch-hitter (but don't count on that). "The only update I have is that he's still sore. Obviously, there's still some spasms but our hope is he continues to get better. He's getting worked on. I'm never going to count Adrian out of anything. The toughest guy I've ever been around."

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Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson taking BP here this morning

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Early road success looms large in LDS

  • When the road team wins Game 1 of a best-of-5 postseason series it goes on to win the series 73.2 percent of the time (41-15).
  • Teams that win the first two games on the road of a best-of-5 series go on to win the series 93.1 percent of the time (27-2).
    • (via Elias Sports Bureau)

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista are both in Toronto's Game 2 lineup. Adrian Beltre is not in the Texas lineup. Hanser Alberto, the 22-year-old rookie, is playing third.


Adrian Beltre not in Rangers' lineup

Beltre's name is not on Texas' lineup card for Game 2, a day after the Rangers 3B left the team's Game 1 win early with a back strain. Hanser Alberto replaces Beltre at third for the 12:45 p.m. ET start.

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Adrian Beltre is not in Rangers starting lineup for Game 2. Rookie Hanser Alberto playing third and batting ninth in his place.