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Kurkjian: Offense key to Rangers-Blue Jays series

The Rangers own one of baseball's top lineups, but even that might not be enough to keep up with the high-scoring Blue Jays in the ALDS.

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How do you pitch to Josh Donaldson?

Josh Donaldson had an MVP-caliber season for the Blue Jays. A breakdown of how to pitch to the Toronto slugger.

Sean Rodriguez punches Gatorade cooler like a madman (0:08)
Arrieta, Cubs riding momentum into St. Louis (2:04)
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Excitement about the Blue Jays booming in Toronto

Toronto has become a baseball town this fall, as the city is going nuts about the Toronto Blue Jays making the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

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Back, back, back to the future

Thanks to ''Back To The Future, Part II,'' we know the Cubs will win this year's World Series. But what do the next decades hold for Chicago and the rest of baseball? We traveled 30 years into the future to peek at the 2045 Baseball Almanac.

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One and done: Grading the 2015 Yankees

After the shortest postseason in franchise history, it's time to hand out our year-end report card for the 2015 Bronx Bombers.

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Szymborski: Does Mark Buehrle have HOF case?

With rumblings that Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle could retire following this season, Dan Szymborski puts the crafty 36-year-old lefty's career under the microscope.

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Astros own the moment that passes Yankees by

Dallas Keuchel got the better of Alex Rodriguez in a pivotal sixth-inning showdown Tuesday night, Gordon Edes writes, and the Astros are moving on to face the Royals in the American League Division Series.

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Stark: My World Series prediction

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!


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Texas Game 2 starter Cole Hamels on the new, slower, less bouncy turf in Toronto; "I guess the new turf does do some terrible things. At least it looks good. ... You basically just have to keep the ball down. If anything it gives guys the chance to get to balls and make plays."

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The roof at Rogers Centre is closed a half hour before first pitch. Jays are 38-14 this season when it's open, 11-14 when closed, 0-4 when both open and closed at some point.

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The Blue Jays are making a touching pregame gesture before the game by playing a 1993 recording of 'O Canada' by the later musical theater star Michael Burgess. Burgess, who portrayed Jean Valjean and Don Quixote among others on stage, was famed for his rendition of the anthem at Jays and Leafs games. He died of cancer at age 70 on Sept. 28. Bobby Orr, Darryl Sittler and Paul Coffey were among the NHL stars who attended his funeral mass on Monday.

ICYMI: Sean Rodriguez 1, Gatorade cooler 0

Pirates 1B Sean Rodriguez went full Mike Tyson on a Gatorade cooler after being ejected from the National League wild-card game. The cooler didn't get a hit in before falling down.


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Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila said he has already had some preliminary discussions with other executives heading into this offseason. His message? "We're open for business."

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When John Gibbons was fired as manager by the Blue Jays in midseason 2008, he was replaced by Cito Gaston, who managed the Jays to Series titles in '92 and '93. Gibbons returned in 2013; Gaston is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch this afternoon.

Five questions for Cubs-Cardinals NLDS

Tim Kurkjian says the health of St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina will loom large over who wins the series. Four other questions

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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.

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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Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Rangers manager Jeff Banister says Martin Perez will start Game 3. "We like how he pitches. That's the short answer but it's about his body of work and how he's thrown lately and that he's primarily a ground ball guy. Plus it gives us another couple veteran arms available in the bullpen early on." Perez is 1-1 with 2.25 ERA past four starts.

Cubs fan: 'This is our year'

Back to the Future II had the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series and some Chicago fans are thinking this is the year to win their first title since 1908. One fan said "[If] they win this year, I'm going to heaven."


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The Rangers Game 1 lineup:

Rousey teaches SportsCenter a lesson

Poor Tim Kurkjian. Who would want to be the target of a straight armbar demonstration from Ronda Rousey and Lindsay Czarniak?


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Rex Ryan says it's probably "a reach" for Karlos Williams (concussion) to play for the Bills on Sunday in Tennessee. Williams did not practice again Thursday.

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Marcus Stroman. Toronto's Game 2 pitcher, on ovation Jays players got at last night's Leafs game: "It's been unreal, the love that we've been getting from Toronto, from all of Canada has been unbelievable. I feel like we feed off that energy that the country brings us and we're excited to get out there and kind of put the country in our back and play for an entire nation. So the boys couldn't be more hyped, excited to get going here."

Fall fisticuffs nothing new

The Pirates and Cubs almost came to blows in the NL wild-card game Wednesday. It wouldn't have been the first time that fisticuffs broke out in the postseason. 42 years ago today, Pete Rose took down Bud Harrelson in the NLCS. Most memorable postseason moments

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