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Update: Mariners fire Lloyd McClendon

The Mariners manager was fired today. Seattle has 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, 

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 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.


Man vs. tarp ends with plastic on top

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


Jim Caple Senior Writer, 

Thanks to Prince Fielder (No. 84) and Hanser Alberto (No. 68), the Rangers jersey numbers on their starters out-totals the Blue Jays 312-162. And that's with Elvis Andrus (No. 1) in the lineup but without Robinson Chirinos (No. 61) starting.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

It's MLB's decision, by the way, if the roof at Rogers Centre is open in postseason. The vote the last two days has been for air-conditioned comfort.

Joe Girardi: 'I did what i thought was right'

The Yankees blew a seven-game lead in the AL East they held in July and were shut out in the wild-card game, but the manager defended his actions: "People thought that I could have done better. I understand that, and so you live with it.''

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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.


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

An hour before game roof at Rogers Centre is closed. Accuweather forecast says times of clouds and sun, breezy this afternoon. High of 64 degrees. They say ball travels better when roof is open, but Jays, Rangers combined to hit three homers yesterday with roof closed.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The calm before the storm in St. Louis. No, it's not supposed to rain here today - at least not during the game (AccuWeather says slight chance of mid-day showers, then clearing). But with the Cardinals and Cubs meeting in the postseason for the first time ever, the NLDS crowd at Busch Stadium is sure to be downright thunderous.

Jim Caple Senior Writer, 

Rangers Game 2 lineup:

Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Game 2: Rangers at Blue Jays, 12:45 p.m. ET (Rangers lead 1-0)
  • Game 2: Astros at Royals, 3:45 p.m. ET (Astros lead 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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Jim Caple Senior Writer, 

More from Banister on Beltre: "We really hope we don't get to that point where we need him to pinch-hit. But given what he did yesterday in an at-bat where I think most of us would have been laying down in the fetal position, for him to go to the plate and drive in a run is pretty spectacular so I'm not going to rule Adrian out of anything."

Kurkjian: Great pitching trumps home field

Home teams are 0-4 and haven't led at any point in the postseason. Tim Kurkjian believes home-field advantage means nothing if you are facing a great starter.


Jim Caple Senior Writer, 

Adrian Beltre is not in the Game 2 lineup: but Jeff Banister does not rule him out as pinch-hitter (but don't count on that). "The only update I have is that he's still sore. Obviously, there's still some spasms but our hope is he continues to get better. He's getting worked on. I'm never going to count Adrian out of anything. The toughest guy I've ever been around."