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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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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

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
Postseason coverage, schedules

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Jim Caple Senior Writer, 

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?


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

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.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

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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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.


Jays bats looming large in ALDS

Joe Peta and Andrew Lange say the matchups favor Toronto in what could be October's biggest mismatch. How to bet Rangers-Jays (Insider)

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Like it it so much better when Tulo hits lead off for Jays. Top 4 hitters 1-4 in order and all with monster power.

Can David Price shake playoff woes?

The Blue Jays left-hander is every bit an ace in the regular season but has lost all five of his postseason starts.

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Price hoping to start playoffs off right

David Price and the Blue Jays host the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS at 3:37 p.m. ET. He is 0-5 in 5 career postseason starts, the only pitcher in history to lose each of his first 5 career postseason starts. Postseason coverage

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What’s next for the Pittsburgh Pirates?

With Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte signed for the next few years, it's time for the Pirates to lock up their other starting outfielder, future star Gregory Polanco. Offseason objectives (Insider)


Banister hoping for some beginner's luck

Eleven major pro and college coaches won championships in their first years since 1970. Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister is looking to join them. A look at the club

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Jake Arrieta's unprecedented run

Jayson Stark on the dominance of the Cubs starter: “It’s incredible to be in a ballpark where a team hands a guy like this a lead two hitters into the game and you're thinking, ‘Nobody’s made an out yet and the game is over.’”