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Follow live: Can Blue Jays even series?

The Blue Jays and Rangers are tied in the 11th inning of Game 2.

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Royals look to even series with Astros

After losing the opener to the Astros on Thursday, the Royals need a big performance from midseason acquisition Johnny Cueto in Game 2. Houston struck first, taking the lead on an RBI double by Colby Rasmus.

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Kurkjian: Five questions for Cubs-Cardinals

The Cardinals won 100 games, while the Cubs look like MLB's hottest team. The rivals meet for the first time in the playoffs, as postseason vets Jon Lester and John Lackey face off in Game 1 of the NLDS. Who has the edge?

Colbert thinks Cubs escaped curse of the goat (2:07)
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Kurkjian: Five questions for Dodgers-Mets

It's Jacob deGrom vs. Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the NLDS. Will Kershaw and Zack Greinke carry the Dodgers to victory, or can the Mets advance behind their own impressive rotation?

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Joe Maddon's lineup choices pay off for Cubs

The Chicago Cubs manager made some unconventional decisions in the NL wild-card game that were reminiscent of a famous Connie Mack move in 1929.

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Cubs to start Hendricks in Game 2 of NLDS

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has elected to start second-year right-hander Kyle Hendricks in Game 2 of their best-of-five NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday

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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.

Arrieta, Cubs riding momentum into St. Louis (2:04)
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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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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!


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time Jays reliever Mark Lowe pitched in the postseason was in 2011, when he was with Texas and gave up walk off HR in 11th to David Freese in epic 10-9 Game 6 Cardinals win in World Series

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Something about the playoffs and the Astros' Colby Rasmus are in agreement. Rasmus has not only driven in the Astros' first run in all three playoff games this postseason, he has an extra-base hit in the first six playoff games of his career, an MLB record.

Astros at Royals in Game 2 of ALDS

Now would be a good time for Johnny Cueto to break out of his funk (6.49 ERA in last nine starts). His Royals face a one-game deficit with fellow trade-deadline acquisition Scott Kazmir trying to make it two for the Astros. Follow live

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Puig makes Dodgers' NLDS roster

Yasiel Puig will mostly play off the bench as he continues to recover from hamstring injuries that kept him out more than two months season.


Bonus baseball in Toronto

The Rangers' Mike Napoli ripped an RBI single in the eighth inning to tie Game 2 vs. the Blue Jays at 4. Neither teams scored in the ninth, so to extra innings we go. Follow live


Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

If the Royals' offense struggles again today, maybe they can unbronze this guy and insert him in the lineup in Houston.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Reliever Brett Cecil pulls up lame after tagging out Mike Napoli in rundown after pickoff

Bullpen can't hold it for Stroman

After a rough start to the game, Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman rebounded and made it to the start of the eighth. But with Stroman out, the Rangers' Mike Napoli tied the game at 4 with an RBI single. Follow live


Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Mike Matheny on starting Stephen Piscotty at 1B: "Trying to take advantage of the work Stephen has done at first. . . But more important is the ability to put a Randal Grichuk in there (in RF)”

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That's all for Marcus Stroman, who struggled early, but sits down 18 of the last 21 batters faced. He leaves to a standing ovation.

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

After striking out with two on in the sixth, Josh Hamilton now is hitless in his past 27 postseason at-bats.

Colbert: Cubs are going to win it all

Stephen Colbert has had enough of the Curse of the Billy Goat and boldly guaranteed the Cubs will win the World Series: "I can safely say without any fear of jinxing it -- they're going all the way!"


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

What a great recovery in this game by Marcus Stroman, after those early troubles. TOR over Texas 4-3, through 5 1/2.

Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Now: Blue Jays lead Rangers 4-3 in Game 2 (Rangers lead series 1-0)
  • Game 2: Astros at Royals, 3:45 p.m. ET (Astros lead series 1-0)
  • Game 1: Cubs at Cardinals, 6:45 p.m. ET
  • Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's the Cardinals' starting lineup for game one of the NLDS vs. the Cubs. Catcher Yadier Molina is in there, batting seventh and wearing a protective splint on his injured left thumb. It's the first time that Molina - who's been an All-Star in each of the last seven seasons - has played since tearing a ligament in the thumb while making a tag on Sept. 20.

ICYMI: Man vs. tarp and plastic wins

A Royals grounds crew member tripped during the rain delay -- and the tarp showed no mercy in running him over.