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Both AL Division Series get started

Oct 8, 2015, 3:01 PM EDT

USA Today


Series: 0-0
 Rogers Centre, Toronto
Gametime: 3:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Indoor (roof will be closed)
Starting pitchers: TEX RHP Yovani Gallardo (13–11, 3.42 ERA) / LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA)

Postseason baseball returns to Toronto for the first time since 1993, a span of 22 long years, on Thursday. The last two times the Blue Jays made the playoffs, they won it all. Fans north of the border are very excited about being back in October, so you can bet it will be a raucous crowd at the Rogers Centre, especially for the series opener which is set for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.

The Jays will start trade deadline acquisition David Price, who has been brilliant all year and especially since joining his new team. Price is 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA since landing in Toronto.

Yovani Gallardo will start for Texas hoping to overcome a rocky end to his season. Gallardo hasn’t recorded an out in the sixth inning since Aug. 22, a span of seven starts.


Series: 0-0
 Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 75 degrees, wind 8 mph
Starting pitchers: HOU RHP Collin McHugh (19–7, 3.89 ERA) / KCR RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA)

The Kansas City Royals ended a 29-year playoff drought last season and surprised everyone by making it all the way to the World Series. This time they enter the postseason fully expecting to compete for a championship.

Their journey will begin against the Houston Astros, winners of the AL Wild Card game over the Yankees. The Astros took the season series 4-2 and outscored Kansas City 22-13 in those games.

Hard-throwing starter Yordano Ventura will get the ball for the Royals. He was inconsistent this season, but was very good overall last year in the playoffs. In four postseason starts he allowed seven earned runs in 25 total innings (2.52 ERA).

Collin McHugh will start for Houston in his first career postseason appearance. The right-hander had some mixed results down the stretch with a 4.70 ERA in his last five starts this year.


  1. natslive - Oct 8, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Anyone else surprised Pete Rose is one of the talking heads on FS1 pre/post game show. Also long for the old days when you didn’t have to figure out from game to game which channel it as on…TBS/MLB/FS1 or others…

  2. Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 8, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Final 5-3, Rangers

    TORONTO — Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor each homered as the Rangers changed the outlook of the American League Division Series with a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays and ace David Price on Thursday in Game 1 at Rogers Centre.

    …. Game 1 was marred by injuries to three All-Stars. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left in the third with soreness in his lower back after he struggled while running to first on an RBI single. He was initially hurt on slide while trying to break up a double play in the first inning.

    Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was hurt in similar fashion after he took an Odor knee to the head while breaking up a double play in the fourth. Donaldson later passed his concussion tests and will be re-evaluated on Friday morning prior to Game 2 (12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 CT, MLB Network/Sportsnet). Jose Bautista then left in the ninth with cramping in his right hamstring, but he’s not expected to miss additional time.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Oct 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    So far home field has not been in advantage. Both home teams lost in the wildcard games and the Bluejays lost at home. Now KC falls behind 2-0 in the first to the Astros.

    • ArVAFan - Oct 8, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      I felt bad for the Pittsburgh fans. They only had that one post-season game, and not even one run to cheer for. A lot of teams, I couldn’t care less about their fans, but those fans were nice when we visited PNC Park over the summer. Cubs fans were nice, too, when we’ve visited Chicago. Might actually have to root for the Cubs. Of course, I could root for the Dodgers (in memory of my father-in-law, who followed them from the 1930’s into the 21st century. He used to sneak out of school because kids got in free after the second inning). Or the Blue Jays (Canadian stepmom & cousins).

      Or I could just watch it as baseball, and not care who wins. Nah, it’s better if you care . . . at least most of the time.





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