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Springer brings in 2 to lengthen lead

With the bases loaded and one out, RF George Springer hit a bloop single into left off Royals RHP Johnny Cueto to build the Astros' lead in Game 2 of the ALDS to 3-0. Follow live

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!"


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 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, 

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)”

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

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, 

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

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.