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
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)
Jon Sciambi @BoogSciambi
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
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
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?
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.
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
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
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.’”
Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer
Comfortable temperatures are expected in Kansas City tonight for the ALDS opener between the Astros and Royals. According to AccuWeather, it will be mostly cloudy and 72 degrees at first pitch. A light passing shower is possible. Winds blowing out to RF at 8-16 mph.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
Everyone talks about how Clayton Kershaw needs to erase his postseason demons but David Price is in a similar position. He's the only pitcher to lose his first five postseason starts (although he did pitch well for the Tigers last year).
Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer
Roof or no roof? According to the Accuweather forecast, it will be dry Thursday afternoon in Toronto with clouds and limited sunshine. If the roof is left open, the first pitch temperature will be near 60 degrees and then remain nearly steady throughout the game. The wind will be rather light and from the southeast at 10 mph or less. There is a small chance for a shower toward the end of the game, but the most likely scenario is that any showers hold off until after the game later Thursday evening or Thursday night. David Price's preference? "Whatever our hitters want," he said.
'Electric night from start to finish'
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta comments on the atmosphere in PNC Park and getting hit by a pitch, which cleared the benches: "I kind of expected that."
Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick
Fascinating Division Series dynamic this year. The NL has the marquee matchups, but both AL series should be a lot of fun.
Highlights: Arrieta shuts down Pirates
Jake Arrieta struck out 11 batters and allowed just four hits en route to a dominant shutout that led the Cubs past the Pirates 4-0 and set up a meeting with the Cardinals in the NLDS.
A first-time tilt in MLB postseason
The Cubs and Cardinals have played a total of 2,363 regular-season games all-time, but they have never faced each other in the postseason. Game 1 of their NLDS is Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET.
Jessica Mendoza 'excited' by support
ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza talks with Good Morning America about the criticism directed at her after announcing the AL wild-card game.
Ron Darling on Harvey absence: No biggie
The former Mets starting pitcher, and member of the '86 world champs, said of Matt Harvey's late arrival to Mets practice on Tuesday: "It's really hard for me to criticize. Half our team didn't make the [World Series] parade ... We had guys who barely showed up to games."