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McHugh pitches Astros to 5-2 win over Royals to open ALDS
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has a "soft rule" when it comes to a rain delay during a game: If it lasts about an hour, he'll usually remove his starting pitcher....

LEADING OFF: 4 games on tap; Kershaw vs Mets; Midwest rivals
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A look at what's happening around the major leagues Friday:...

Kershaw, Dodgers facing different Mets in playoffs
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw isn't sure what to expect from the new-look Mets, whose dramatic transformation in the second half of the season led to an NL East title....

Cubs win gets most viewers in wild-card game's short history
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' return to the playoffs has drawn the largest television audience in the short history of baseball's wild-card game....

Chirinos 2-run homer leads Rangers over Blue Jays 5-3
TORONTO (AP) -- A big day by the bottom of Texas' batting order helped the Rangers overcome an injury to slugger Adrian Beltre in the start of their postseason run....

Rangers' Beltre leaves playoff game with stiff back
TORONTO (AP) -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Thursday's AL Division Series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays in tears after hurting his back on a slide....

Chicago Cubs give their longest-suffering fans a bit of hope
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Living in a nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, 82-year-old Edith Heath knows something about faith....

Lester vs Lackey matches former Red Sox teammates
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- John Lackey has been quite the bargain for the St. Louis Cardinals....

Broadcaster Vin Scully to miss postseason after procedure
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won't be calling any games in the baseball playoffs after undergoing a medical procedure....

St. Louis police to increase security for baseball playoffs
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Baseball fans converging on the city's downtown for the playoffs series between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs can expect a beefed-up police presence, St. Louis' police chief pledged Thursday, two weeks after a shooting near Busch Stadium left a fan unable to walk and spawned unease about downtown safety....