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Follow live: Blue Jays lose Donaldson, Rangers lose Beltre in Game 1

Robinson Chirinos' two-run homer has Texas up in Game 1 of the ALDS. But the star third basemen for both teams -- the Rangers' Adrian Beltre and the Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson -- have exited early with injuries.

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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.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

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

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

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

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Jake Marisnick is playing CF and batting 9th for Astros in ALDS Game 1. Carlos Gomez is out with oblique injury. Manager A.J. Hinch says Gomez is available off the bench tonight and might start Game 2.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Outfielder Terrance Gore got the call over Jonny Gomes when the Royals' ALDS roster was released Thursday in advance of the series opener against the Astros. With Gore, KC is sticking with the speed element that served it so well last postseason.

Beltre a big loss for Rangers

Adrian Beltre, who left the game in the 3rd inning with lower back stiffness, has 18 defensive runs saved, which was tied for first with Nolan Arenado for the most among third basemen. The Rangers lead the Blue Jays 2-0 in the Game 1 of the ALDS in the 4th inning. Follow live


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Injury Update on Beltre: He left the game with low back stiffness. He's being further evaluated.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

If Adrian Beltre recovers well enough to DH but not play third in this series, I'd rather have him in the lineup than Prince Fielder.

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Adrian Beltre singled in run but his back hurting him so much he hobbled to first and was crying when trainer later checked on him. He left game and is replaced by rookie Hanser Alberto.

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Delino Deshields was a Rule V Draft pick by the Rangers last December from the Houston Astros. Truly a difference maker type move giving this team a much needed lead-off hitter and speed at the top of the lineup. By the way the cost of a rule v pick? Just $50,000.

Beltre comes out of game

Adrian Beltre has left Game 1 of the ALDS in the 3rd inning with an apparent injury. Hanser Alberto came in for him at third base. The Rangers lead the Blue Jays 2-0. Follow live


Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Today's lineups for ALDS Game 1 between Royals and Astros

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Both Blue Jays and Rangers front offices put their teams in this playoff position because of aggressive trade deadline deals. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopulos picked up: Price, Tulowitzki, Revere, Hawkins, Lowe and Rangers GM Jon Daniels acquired: Hamels, Diekman, Dyson, Napoli, Hamilton, Venable.

Rangers score first in ALDS Game 1

Delino DeShields hit an RBI single to bring in Rougned Odor. That was the first hit Blue Jays David Price gave up, although he walked 2 in the first inning. Follow live