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Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Colby Rasmus is warming to October. He's one of 5 players to record an extra base hit in each of his first 5 postseason games. Nelson Cruz was the last to do it, in 2010.

Colby Rasmus hits second postseason HR

The Astros LF went deep in the wild-card game, and he just gave his team insurance with a solo shot to build Houston's lead to 5-2 over Kansas City in the eighth. Rasmus is the first Astro to homer in his team's first two games of a single postseason. Follow live

Adrian Beltre is day-to-day

The Rangers 3B left Thursday's ALDS Game 1 win over the Blue Jays after straining his back. Said GM Jon Daniels: "We haven't ruled him out of tomorrow's game. It doesn't appear to be a more than a back strain. He's still pretty sore."


Cubs fan: 'This is our year'

"Back to the Future II" had the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series, and some Chicago fans are thinking this is the year to win their first title since 1908. One fan said "[If] they win this year, I'm going to heaven."


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kendrys Morales just delivered the Royals' 5th ever multi-homer game in the postseason. His home runs came in the 2nd and 4th innings as the Royals pulled within 3-2 against the Astros. The last Royals multi-homer game in the playoffs came when George Brett hit two in the '85 ALCS vs. the Blue Jays.

Kendrys Morales hits second HR of night

The Royals DH jacked solo home runs in the second and fourth innings to cut his team's deficit to just 3-2 heading into the fifth vs. the Astros. Morales joins George Brett and Willie Aikens as the only Royals with a multi-HR game in the postseason. Follow live

Whoops! Astros won AL wild-card game

But apparently someone assumed the Yankees would be playing in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. the Royals.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals starter Yordano Ventura didn't outlast Thursday's early rain delay. The right-hander wasn't sharp as he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in just 2 innings while throwing 42 pitches. Chris Young replaced Ventura when play resumed after a 49-minute delay.

Royals @Royals

Game 1 of the ALDS will resume at approximately 8:15 p.m. CT

Jim Caple Senior Writer, 

Josh Hamilton on Adrian Beltre's reluctance to leave game despite a back so painful he had to wipe away tears: "That says a lot about him and what kind of player he is, what kind of man he is. For him to get emotional like that shows how much he cares about this game, about his teammates and about this organization."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Astros and Royals are in a rain delay in Kansas City. The stoppage in play came at the end of the 2nd inning with the Astros leading 3-1. A member of the KC grounds crew was swallowed under the tarp as it was being unrolled, but appeared to be OK.

Doug Padilla @DougPadilla

Kendrys Morales takes one deep. Looks like that quad injury from last week is feeling better. Astros 3, Royals 1, B2.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

The Dodgers gave one-year contracts to its managers -- Walter Alston & Tommy Lasorda -- for 30 years from 1954-1983.