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Follow live: Can Blue Jays even series?

After dropping an injury-riddled Game 1, the Blue Jays have Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista back in their lineup today versus Cole Hamels. They've dug out of an early hole to tie the game.

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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?

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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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Royals looks 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.

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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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19hJesse Rogers

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.

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2dJim Caple

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!


Longoria shares strange Maddon story

Rays 3B Evan Longoria identified the weirdest clubhouse moment with former Rays coach and current Cubs coach Joe Maddon. It involves a Mariachi band and his locker.


Blue Jays tie it up at 3

An error from Rangers 3B Hanser Alberto -- in for the injured Adrian Beltre -- started off the bottom of the second, and the Jays capitalized with an RBI hit from Russell Martin and Kevin Pillar's groundout. Follow live

Jim Caple Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Playing in place of Adrian Beltre, Hanser Alberto drove in a run with a sac fly, though Rougned Odor's slide home was probably more of a factor than the short fly. But Alberto also made an error to start Blue Jays rally in bottom of second to tie game 3-3.

Blue Jays respond in bottom of 1st

Jays 3B Josh Donaldson appears to be just fine after being kneed in the head in Thurday's game -- he homered off Rangers ace Cole Hamels to cut into the Rangers' lead 2-1 in the first. Follow live

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

You won't see that every day. Jays first baseman Chris Colabello pulls off unassisted DP by personally tagging out Prince Fielder 'tween 3d and home

Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

A.J. Hinch met with Carlos Gomez to tell him Jake Marisnick is starting again in CF in Game 2 for Astros. "He's completely on board," Hinch said "He understands where I'm coming from." Gomez is receiving treatment for intercostal strain. Available to pinch-hit or for late inning defense today.

Blue Jays with rough first inning

The Rangers jumped all over Jays RHP Marcus Stroman early with three hits, and a throwing error from Jays catcher Russell Martin put Texas up 2-0 early. But a heads-up double play from 1B Chris Colabello got Toronto out of what could've been a more disastrous inning. Follow live


Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

I'm told Steven Matz feels great and is fully expected to be on the NLDS roster as the Game 4 starter. Roster officially due at 1 p.m.. ET.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Sweater weather in Kansas City today for Game 2 of the Astros-Royals ALDS, with AccuWeather forecasting an optimistic high of 66 degrees. No pop-up showers predicted after last night's 49-minute rain delay. Wind blowing in from LF at about 8 mph, making a big park play even bigger.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Things aren't looking good for the Blue Jays. With Shin-Soo Choo caught in a rundown, Russell Martin's throwing error allows him to score.

Update: Mariners fire Lloyd McClendon

The Mariners manager was fired today. Seattle had not made the playoffs in McClendon's two years there, going 87-75 his first year -- missing the postseason by one game -- and 76-86 this season.

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Jayson Stark Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

I knew Adam Wainwright was a big deal in St. Louis. But who knew the state named a whole building after him.

Rangers at Blue Jays in Game 2 of ALDS

Toronto dropped the opener 5-3, and to avoid a two-game deficit it must beat Rangers ace Cole Hamels. Jays SP Marcus Stroman only made four regular-season starts this season (ACL recovery) but had a 1.67 ERA. Follow live

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Here we go: Astros vs. Royals Game 2 lineups.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, on Johnny Cueto starting a must-win game Friday after KC lost the ALDS opener: "This is why we got him."

Rangers in good spot with Hamels going

Texas has won each of Cole Hamels' last 10 starts. He'll take the mound in Game 2 against Toronto's Marcus Stroman who is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA this season.

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Early road success looms large in LDS

  • When the road team wins Game 1 of a best-of-5 postseason series it goes on to win the series 73.2 percent of the time (41-15).
  • Teams that win the first two games on the road of a best-of-5 series go on to win the series 93.1 percent of the time (27-2).
    • (via Elias Sports Bureau)

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Donaldson + Bautista are playing today

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson (head) and OF Jose Bautista (hamstring) both left Game 1 early with injuries, but both return to the lineup vs. the Rangers for Game 2. The duo combined for 81 regular season homers.


Adrian Beltre not in Rangers' lineup

Beltre's name is not on Texas' lineup card for Game 2, a day after the Rangers 3B left the team's Game 1 win early with a back strain. Hanser Alberto replaces Beltre at third for the 12:45 p.m. ET start.