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Jays bats looming large in ALDS

Joe Peta and Andrew Lange say the matchups favor Toronto in what could be October's biggest mismatch. How to bet Rangers-Jays (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
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Jones on Hardy 'guns' comment: 'Oh my ...'

When informed of DE Greg Hardy's curious choice of words to describe his return from suspension, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told SI: "Oh my goodness," before adding, "Well, you're not allowed to have guns on the football field. We all know that's just a way of expressing yourself. I hope his guns are ablazin'." Commissioner weighs in

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett has spoken to Greg Hardy about the defensive end's comments regarding "guns blazing" and Tom Brady's wife, saying that's not what the organization stands for. "We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what you say ... He understands that now," Garrett said.

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ALDS preview: Rangers vs. Jays

Here's a look at some of the key head-to-head stats from this season as Toronto gets set to host Texas in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday afternoon.

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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.

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Horned Frog leaps onto Kiper's Big Board

TCU WR Josh Doctson continues to exceed expectations everywhere he goes. Will he continue to do the same on Sundays? Kiper's Big Board (Insider)

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Banister hoping for some beginner's luck

Eleven major pro and college coaches won championships in their first years since 1970. Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister is looking to join them. A look at the club

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Roof or no roof? According to the Accuweather forecast, it will be dry Thursday afternoon in Toronto with clouds and limited sunshine. If the roof is left open, the first pitch temperature will be near 60 degrees and then remain nearly steady throughout the game. The wind will be rather light and from the southeast at 10 mph or less. There is a small chance for a shower toward the end of the game, but the most likely scenario is that any showers hold off until after the game later Thursday evening or Thursday night. David Price's preference? "Whatever our hitters want," he said.

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Grantland: After the Rupture

The Dallas Mavericks opened the vault for Wesley Matthews in free agency, but before the shooting guard can prove his worth, he must battle back from a torn Achilles.

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Stretching the field with Weeden

Brandon Weeden has steadily increased the average distance of his throws in the three games he has played this season. Will Dallas let the QB air it out against New England?

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

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.