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The Rangers knocked off the heavily favored Blue Jays 5-3 in Game 1 of their division series. Not only that, they have Cole Hamels starting Game 2 (he was 7-1 with a 3.66 ERA after being dealt to Texas). Now, if only Adrian Beltre is able to recover and return quickly from his back injury.

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Blue Jays announce Josh Donaldson cleared concussion test but will be reevaluated. Jose Bautista came out in ninth with minor cramping in his right hamstring.

Rangers take Game 1 of ALDS over Blue Jays

Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor both went deep in the 5-3 win -- Texas' first postseason win since Game 5 of the 2011 World Series -- while David Price lost his sixth postseason game in as many starts. Game 2 is Friday at 12:45 p.m. ET. Box score


Jose Bautista exits game

The Blue Jays RF hit a HR in the sixth, but as he went up the steps to take the field in the top of the ninth, Joey Bats stopped, bent over and went back into the dugout. Dalton Pompey took his place in RF as the Rangers lead 5-3. Follow live


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David Price is done. He has yet to win a game in six postseason starts. His only postseason win came as rookie reliever against Boston in 2008.

Dodgers' announcer out for postseason

"Vin Scully underwent a recommended medical procedure this morning and is resting comfortably. On the advice of his doctors, Scully will miss the Dodgers’ postseason games to rest up but is looking forward to returning in 2016. Everyone in the Dodgers organization wishes Vin the speediest of recoveries." (Dodgers via Twitter)

David Price gives up second HR of game

Rangers 2B Rougned Odor was hit by a pitch both times in his previous two at-bats, but his solo HR off the first pitch he saw in the seventh has the Rangers up 5-3. Odor is the fourth player in postseason history with two HBP and a HR in one game. Follow live

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Alex Rios will start in right field for the Royals on Thursday, marking his first postseason appearance after 1,691 regular-season games. According to Elias, it is the most since Carlos Delgado made his postseason debut in 2006 after playing in 1,711 regular-season games.

Jose Bautista puts Blue Jays within 1 run

The RF took Rangers RHP Keone Kela deep to center for his first postseason home run to cut the Jays' deficit to just one run as they trail 4-3 in the sixth in Game 1 of the ALDS. Follow live

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

So we've now lost both starting third baseman and this series is only five innings old. First, Adrian Beltre out with sore back and now possible MVP Josh Donaldson out in a precautionary move after taking knee to head on slide. Replaced by Hanser Alberto and Chris Colabello, respectively.

Rangers, Jays third basemen exit game

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson got a knee to the head in the fourth sliding into second base, and he left the game in the fifth as Ezequiel Carrera pinch hit for him. Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre left in the third with lower back stiffness. Follow live


Blue Jays cut into Rangers' lead

The Rangers got a 2-run HR from their No. 9 hitter Robinson Chirinos in the top of the fifth, and the Blue Jays got an RBI double from Kevin Pillar -- their own nine-hole hitter -- in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-2 Texas heading into the sixth. Follow live

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Now Josh Donaldson not hitting after taking knee in head on takeout slide in 4th. Ezequiel Carrera hitting for him.

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Russell Martin's double the first extra-base hit the Jays have gotten in three starts against Yovani Gallardo.

Chirinos hits homer, puts Rangers up 4-1

Texas got some power from its No. 9 batter, as Robinson Chirinos hit a 2-run homer off David Price. Chirinos hit 10 regular-season home runs this season. Follow live

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I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Rougned Odor got plunked up high after his knee connected with Josh Donaldson's head.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon announced a little surprise in his rotation as 2nd yr player Kyle Hendricks will start Gm.2 of the NLDS in St.Louis. Jon Lester has gm 1, Jake Arrieta takes gm 3. Jason Hammel could be the gm 4 starter if he isn't used up in the bullpen before then.

Blue Jays get on board, cut lead in half

A swinging bunt from Edwin Encarnacion went to Adrian Beltre's replacement (Beltre left with a back injury in the 3rd) Hanser Alberto. Alberto couldn't make the barehanded play and the Rangers' lead was cut to 2-1. Follow live