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10/8/2015 | Road teams rule historic start to postseason

Road teams in the 2015 postseason are off to their best start in more than a century.

10/8/2015 | Springer, Rasmus pad lead with powerful blasts

The Astros looked right at home at spacious Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night, using their power to distance themselves from Kansas City in Game 1 of the American League Division Series with home runs from George Springer and Colby Rasmus.

10/8/2015 | Morales in Royals record books with 2-HR Game 1

With two solo homers against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh in Thursday night's 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales became the third player in franchise history to record a multihomer game in the postseason.

10/8/2015 | Ethier, Wright recall 2006 NLDS matchup

Nine years later, David Wright and Andre Ethier are the lone remnants of the Mets and Dodgers teams that faced off in the 2006 National League Division Series.

10/8/2015 | Astros to draw massive crowds for ALDS

When the Astros, who compiled one of the best records in the American League, return to Minute Maid Park on Sunday to host their first game of the postseason, they're guaranteed to be playing in front of the largest crowd of the season.

10/8/2015 | Rangers go for 2-0 ALDS lead behind Hamels

The Texas Rangers have the chance to be international robber barons, stealing two games across the border and heading back to Arlington to claim the bigger treasure over the weekend. The Toronto Blue Jays might have just encountered the only real speed bump of a postseason joyride that will now unfold exactly as predicted by the club's gargantuan in-season run differential.

10/8/2015 | Moments that will matter in NLDS Game 1

Jon Lester's last start of 2014 and his first start of 2015 exposed a potentially critical hole in the veteran left-hander's game and prompted a question that will inevitably follow him throughout the playoffs.

10/8/2015 | Mets' rotation is here, and it's feared

Should Steven Matz prove healthy enough to start Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers, which begins tonight in Los Angeles (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS), the Mets will use nothing but starting pitchers who average better than 94 mph on their fastballs.

10/8/2015 | Zobrist's wife sings anthem at ALDS Game 1

Julianna Zobrist has performed the national anthem several times throughout her husband Ben's baseball career, which means two things: She's an extremely gifted singer whose presence is welcomed before big games, and, judging by the path Ben Zobrist's career has taken him in the last couple of years, she's used to belting it out in new, and maybe unfamiliar, surroundings.

10/8/2015 | Ventura likely to start a potential Game 4

Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was going to be an option for a potential Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Astros on Monday, and with a start shortened by rain in Thursday night's 5-2 Game 1 loss, it almost guarantees he'll get it.

10/8/2015 | Dodgers' strong defense overlooked in 2015

The Dodgers, who open their National League Division Series clash with the New York Mets on Friday (6:30 p.m. PT on TBS), are readily associated with their twin aces, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Los Angeles' offense gained increasing respect this year. Less attention tends to be paid to the Dodgers' defense, which provided stability throughout the club's march to the NL West title.

10/8/2015 | Johnson, Uribe trade turning point for Mets

Though the non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes and aggressive promotion of Michael Conforto highlighted the Mets' push, manager Terry Collins recognizes the July 24 acquisition of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Braves as the move that significantly influenced all else that went well for his club down the stretch.

10/8/2015 | Matheny manages to smooth Cards' road

For all the debate about Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's skills as a tactician since his hire in November 2011, there has been equal praise for his ability to galvanize a group and foster an environment that breeds collective success.

10/8/2015 | Flores feeling better, ready to go for NLDS

Healthier and happier than he has been in days, Wilmer Flores on Thursday downplayed the illness that resulted in him losing approximately 10 pounds and -- combined with a minor back injury -- limited him to just two plate appearances over the team's final seven regular-season games. "I feel good," Flores said at Dodger Stadium. "There's no excuse. I'm ready to go."

10/8/2015 | Depth could be tested for Blue Jays, Rangers

They entered this American League Division Series as elite third basemen, prodigious hitters and true team leaders. But Adrian Beltre of the Rangers and Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays also both exited Game 1 because of injuries.

10/8/2015 | With early attack, Astros put road woes to rest

After striking quickly and not backing down, the Astros have won eight of their past 10 games, including four of the past five in three time zones on the road, where they struggled to win more times than not in the regular season.

10/8/2015 | Cespedes continues to live for the big stage

For most Major Leaguers, the bright lights of the postseason only serve to intimidate. Yoenis Cespedes is not most Major Leaguers.

10/8/2015 | Hinch exercising caution with Gomez

Carlos Gomez wasn't in the starting lineup for Thursday night's Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Astros are being cautious with the lingering effects of his strained intercostal muscle, though manager A.J. Hinch said Gomez would be in the lineup for Friday's Game 2 at 2:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1.

10/8/2015 | Blue Jays' pickoff hopes thwarted by hit

The Blue Jays were hoping for a backdoor pickoff play in the third inning Thursday, but it cost them a run in a 5-3 loss in the opener of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on Thursday.

10/8/2015 | Top prospect Martinez is headed to Cubs

Cuban outfield prospect Eddy Julio Martinez has signed with the Chicago Cubs for $3 million, according to industry sources. The Cubs did not confirm the deal. Martinez agreed to terms on a signing bonus worth $2.5 million over the weekend with the Giants and later changed his mind.

10/8/2015 | Series in KC a homecoming of sorts for Crane

A large contingent from the University of Central Missouri was on hand for Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night in support of Astros owner Jim Crane, who played baseball for the school in Warrensburg, Mo., about 55 miles east of Kauffman Stadium.

10/8/2015 | Astros recommending closed roof in Houston

The Astros will host their first home postseason game in 10 years on Sunday, when they take the field against the Royals for Game 3 of the American League Division Series. The game is slated to begin at 3:10 p.m. CT on MLB Network, which, for Astros fans, raises the question: Will the roof be open or closed? A glance at the upcoming forecast would suggest the roof likely will be closed.

10/8/2015 | Lester: One start won't define my time in Chicago

When the Cubs signed Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million deal this offseason, this was what they had in mind. Maybe they didn't expect it so soon, but Lester came to Chicago to help the Cubs push through the postseason.

10/8/2015 | Rangers execute Banister's pitching plan

With his bullpen fully rested, Rangers manager Jeff Banister was able to go with his favorite pitching blueprint to take Game 1 away from the Blue Jays with a 5-3 victory on Thursday afternoon.

10/8/2015 | Relaxed Maddon says pressure off in NLDS

A day after managing his team to a 4-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park, Maddon was at his easygoing best as the Cubs and Cardinals prepared for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, live Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT on TBS.

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