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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals leadoff man Alcides Escobar did not swing at the first pitch he saw. Why should it matter? It tends to foreshadow what will happen. Said KC manager Ned Yost: "Our percentage of winning games when Eskie swings at the first pitch is huge. ... As soon as Eskie swings at the first pitch, you hear our dugout go, 'We're winning today.'"

Astros plate 2 runs in the first

Houston loaded the bases with no outs off Royals RHP Yordano Ventura, and RBI groundouts from Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis put them up 2-0 before the Royals even came to the plate. This is the first start where Ventura has allowed multiple runs in the first inning since June 6. Follow live

Jim Caple Senior Writer, 

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Adrian Beltre has a lower back strain and is day to day. He said the MRI showed nothing major. Texas is flying in players just in case the back worsens. If they need to replace him, Beltre would not be eligible to play again until the World Series "The news would have to worse than it is now for us to consider that."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Small sample size, but the Houston Astros' starting lineup is batting a collective .286 (10-for-35) lifetime against Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Jason Castro is 4-for-8 (.500) while Jose Altuve is 1-for-7 (.143). They have 0 home runs and 4 RBIs.

Royals host Astros in Game 1 of ALDS

After beating the Yankees in the wild-card game, the Astros take on the AL-best Royals in Kansas City. The Astros posted a 2.18 ERA against the Royals this season, the lowest of any AL team against Kansas City. Follow live


Royals' Game 1 starter: Yordano Ventura

  • 2015 regular season: 13-8, 4.08 ERA
  • 2014 postseason: 1-0, 3.20 ERA
  • July 26 start vs. Houston: 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 K's

Astros' Game 1 starter: Collin McHugh

  • 2015 regular season: 19-7, 3.89 ERA
  • 1 career start vs. KC in 2014: 7 IP, 9 K, 0 ER


Rangers take Game 1 from Blue Jays

The Rangers tagged David Price for five earned runs over seven innings en route to picking up the 5-3 victory in Game 1 of the ALDS. Adrian Beltre, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista all left the game with injuries.


Astros struggle on the road

The Astros face the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Game 1 of the ALDS tonight, but Houston has been better on the road: Their 33-48 away record is seventh-worst in MLB, and they're 12-22 on the road after the All-Star Break (fourth-worst).

Jim Caple Senior Writer, 

The Rangers knocked off the heavily favored Blue Jays 5-3 in Game 1 of their division series. Not only that, they have Cole Hamels starting Game 2 (he was 7-1 with a 3.66 ERA after being dealt to Texas). Now, if only Adrian Beltre is able to recover and return quickly from his back injury.

Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Blue Jays announce Josh Donaldson cleared concussion test but will be reevaluated. Jose Bautista came out in ninth with minor cramping in his right hamstring.

Rangers take Game 1 of ALDS over Blue Jays

Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor both went deep in the 5-3 win -- Texas' first postseason win since Game 5 of the 2011 World Series -- while David Price lost his sixth postseason game in as many starts. Game 2 is Friday at 12:45 p.m. ET. Box score


Jose Bautista exits game

The Blue Jays RF hit a HR in the sixth, but as he went up the steps to take the field in the top of the ninth, Joey Bats stopped, bent over and went back into the dugout. Dalton Pompey took his place in RF as the Rangers lead 5-3. Follow live


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price is done. He has yet to win a game in six postseason starts. His only postseason win came as rookie reliever against Boston in 2008.

Dodgers' announcer out for postseason

"Vin Scully underwent a recommended medical procedure this morning and is resting comfortably. On the advice of his doctors, Scully will miss the Dodgers’ postseason games to rest up but is looking forward to returning in 2016. Everyone in the Dodgers organization wishes Vin the speediest of recoveries." (Dodgers via Twitter)

David Price gives up second HR of game

Rangers 2B Rougned Odor was hit by a pitch both times in his previous two at-bats, but his solo HR off the first pitch he saw in the seventh has the Rangers up 5-3. Odor is the fourth player in postseason history with two HBP and a HR in one game. Follow live