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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew55 mins ago
Anybody who watches sports on TV with any regularity knows this hard truth: There are way too many commercials about erectile dysfunction.
So, in a way, when Adam Wainwright called out Fox on Thursday for its abudance of "performance"-enhancement drug ads, we could all identify.
Here's what Wainwright — the St. Louis Cardinals star pitcher — tweeted near the end of ALDS Game 1 between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Pete Rose earned the nickname 'Charlie Hustle' during his remarkable baseball career because of how hard he played the game and the toughness he showed on numerous occasions. Running over Ray Fosse at home plate to win the 1970 All-Star game is probably the most famous example of the grit and determination that helped him become the all-time leader in hits.
So maybe we shouldn't be surprised that Rose seemed so perplexed by two Toronto Blue Jays players leaving Game 1 of the ALDS with what he perceived as minor injuries. The Blue Jays lost to the Texas Rangers 5-3, prompting Rose to ask, "does everybody know what we’re playing for now?"
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Toronto Blue Jays aren't unstoppable. Given the team's dominant offense, and the fact that David Price was on the mound, many thought the club had Game 1 wrapped up. That wasn't the case. The Texas Rangers got to Price during the team's 5-3 victory against the Blue Jays on Thursday. Rougned Odor and Robinson Chirinos added home runs off the lefty, while Adrian Beltre tagged Price for an RBI hit before leaving the game due to injury. The Blue Jays' bats showed some signs of life late, but were ultimately shut down by the Rangers' bullpen.
• Robinson Chirinos had the biggest hit of the night, smacking a two-run shot off Price in the fifth inning. With the Rangers leading 2-1, Chirinos stepped to the plate with a man on first and a chance to break things open. He did not disappoint. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Chirinos hit a 94-mph fastball out to left center, giving the club a 4-1 lead. It was Chirinos' only hit of the game.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
No matter what happens on the field, baseball's postseason will be a lot less poetic.
Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully's iconic voice won't be heard for the rest of the season after Scully underwent an unspecified medical procedure and decided not to participate in the postseason on the advice of his doctors. The Dodgers reported Scully is in good condition and is resting comfortably.
Scully, who is 87 and will turn 88 in November, missed the final series of the regular season last weekend because of a cold and also missed a game earlier this season.
Scully has been calling Dodgers games since 1950 when he was just a year removed from Fordham University. His 66 years of service with the club are easily the most for any broadcaster in any sport.
Dodgers statement on Vin Scully having to sit out the postseason. pic.twitter.com/L2vmcCEp5b
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
No one personified the Toronto Blue Jays' dominant offensive push for the playoffs this season more than Josh Donaldson. The MVP candidate turned into an absolute monster at the plate his first season in Toronto, hitting .297/.371/.568, with 41 home runs, in 711 plate appearances.
Now, they'll have to play the rest of Game 1 without him. Donaldson was removed from the contest in the fifth inning after taking a knee to the head on a take-out slide in the bottom of the fourth.
Officially, Donaldson was removed for precautionary reasons. That's somewhat misleading considering the possible severity of the injury, though. He'll be evaluated for a concussion.
Donaldson removed for precautionary reasons after getting kneed in the head. Being evaluated now.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre had to be removed from Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday after suffering a lower-back injury.
Beltre hit an RBI-single to center in the top of the third inning and had a hard time running to first base, but the club said the injury actually occurred when Beltre was sliding into second base during the first inning while trying to break up a double play.
Beltre remained in the game as a baserunner but was clearly in pain and seemed unable to run. When the inning ended and Rangers manager Jeff Banister came out on the field to take Beltre out of the game, the 36-year-old was in tears.
UPDATE: Beltre has a back strain. There is no structural damage to his back. While he has not been ruled out for Game 2, it seems unlikely he will play.
Adrian Beltre has a back strain. No structural damage. Not ruled out for Game 2 but seems unlikely. Got an injection. #Rangers
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Anyone who grew up in the 1980s and '90s is probably familiar with the Nintendo game "Duck Hunt." A Chicago Cubs fan posted a video on YouTube on Thursday depicting a twist on the game related to the rivals in one National League Division Series.
This new version is called "Card Hunt" in honor of Chicago's most bitter rival, the St. Louis Cardinals. The two teams will face each other in the playoffs for the first time in history, beginning with Game 1 on Friday night in St. Louis.
Cubs fans will appreciate the end of the video most when the hunter bags five Cardinals and the dog retrieving them pops up out of the grass with the traditional white flag with a blue "W," signifying a Cubs victory.
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- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
It was the great prophet Ric Flair who said, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man." If we may flip the script on that: To be the Cinderella, you gotta beat the Cinderella.
That's what the Houston Astros are trying to do in their ALDS against the Kansas City Royals. The Astros are young and talented, a turned-around 100-loss team from just a few years ago that's making a surprising postseason run. In other words, they're exactly who the Kansas City Royals were last year.
The two play very different styles of baseball and we'll get to that in a second, but if we're talking about the stories, they're very similar. The Royals were bad once upon a time too. But in 2014, they turned it all around, making an unlikely run to the World Series, where they lost in a riveting Game 7 to the San Francisco Giants.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Toronto Blue Jays are the favorite to win the 2015 World Series and the Yahoo Sports MLB crew are firm believers in the power of Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Co. Welcome to our annual installment of MLB postseason predictions, where our writers forecast the each series up until the final one, and we pick players that will impress and disappoint.
This year, our panel included Yahoo Sports baseball columnists Tim Brown and Jeff Passan, plus Big League Stew bloggers Chris Cwik, Israel Fehr, Mike Oz and Mark Townsend. We did run our predictions by each other, and what you see in the grid below should make that fairly obvious. We are, as you might say, one the same page for a lot of things.
But baseball is hardly, if ever easy to predict, so we'll see how these play out. We look forward to your very civil and encouraging comments.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
With The Houston Astros beating past the New York Yankees in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game and the Chicago Cubs advancing on the NL side, we're set for all four divisional series in the MLB postseason to begin.
Here's how the schedule lines up through the end of the divisional series. Start times TBA unless noted otherwise.
THURSDAY, OCT. 8 ALDS Game 1: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays at 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1 and SportsNet) ALDS Game 1: Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals at 7:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1)