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By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays dropped a 14 inning, 6-4 heartbreaker to the Texas Rangers on Friday and head to Arlington with fans floating conspiracy theories over Major League Baseball covert plans to keep the Canadian franchise out of the World Series. The euphoria of returning to the playoffs after a 22-year absence fizzled quickly with two losses in 24 hours to leave the Blue Jays trailing the best-of-five Division Series 2-0 and on the brink of elimination. The Rangers can advance to the American League Championship Series with a win in Arlington on Sunday.

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Rangers outlast Blue Jays over 14 innings to move within one win of ALCS

  • Blue Jays on brink after Rangers take first two games in Toronto
  • Hanser Alberto’s 14th-inning RBI single puts Texas ahead for good
  • Series to resume Sunday in Texas with Game 3 at Globe Life Park

Backup infielder Hanser Alberto singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Friday for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series.

The underdog Rangers will try to sweep the Blue Jays at home in Game 3 Sunday. Martin Perez will start for Texas against Marco Estrada.

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The nightmare scenario
Welp. That was disastrous from the start. The Pirates needed – NEEDED – Gerrit Cole to come out sharp, and he didn’t. Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber had his number all night. I don’t want to be too hard on Cole – he had a phenomenal season and was up against a monster tonight – but […]


That was disastrous from the start. The Pirates needed – NEEDED – Gerrit Cole to come out sharp, and he didn’t. Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber had his number all night. I don’t want to be too hard on Cole – he had a phenomenal season and was up against a monster tonight – but he didn’t get the job done this time. It’s not as if he was awful – really, those were the only two hitters that gave him any real trouble – but the Pirates needed dominance and he was far from dominant.

They also needed to do something – ANYTHING – against Jake Arrieta, and they didn’t. Early on, he was lights out, as expected and feared. Later on, the Pirates had some chances to get to him. Then this happened…and turned in to three outs, because baseball is cruel:

That was that. It was the only real chance the Pirates had. PNC was going nuts, he DID seem to be a little rattled as he was constantly falling behind, and the Pirates were squaring him up…but the ball bounced the Cubs’ way. Still, Arrieta was as good as advertised. No way around it. They did manage to scratch out some baserunners, and if they were down only 1 or tied, there would have been hope. But a four run hole felt like ten.

Then there was Tony Watson drilling Arrieta and the “brawl” that ensued. I’m still not sure how to feel about that whole mess. It’s true that Arrieta drilled two Pirates earlier in the game – both up high – and of course there was the whole Kang thing…and heck, I know plenty of Pirate fans were thinking something along the lines of “our only chance is to get this guy out of there by hitting him” … plus there’s just the general frustration factor. Still, something about it just doesn’t sit well. It comes across as childish (although Arrieta’s reaction was also childish – he didn’t exactly take his base). I guess the Pirates are just going to be known as the instigators around the league now. (And Rodriguez apparently made quite the fool of himself by treating a cooler as a punching bag.) Whatever. At least Pirate fans shouldn’t whine that the Bucs are afraid to protect their teammates any more. Watson certainly isn’t.

Anyway….98 wins. One playoff loss. The end. We know. It’s awful.


  • Tons of Cubs fans at PNC. It was striking. Painful to watch them celebrate in massive throngs at the end, although I obviously don’t blame them (well, the non-obnoxious idiots among them, at least).
  • That said, the blackout/atmosphere/etc was phenomenal yet again. The concept of being in the Wild Card game may be getting old, but as I said during the intros…being in the yard for a playoff game…that will never get old. The attempted chants….ugh….terrible, as we knew they would be. But when the Pirates had that one abbreviated rally, I have never heard the place louder.
  • The Jung Ho Kang introduction was also terrific. Man, I miss that guy. The Pirates did, too.
  • Can’t quibble much with how Hurdle managed or anything like that. Sean Rodriguez at first was highly controversial, but it ended up not mattering at all. I said that Pedro had to come in for him as soon as his spot came up if the Pirates were trailing, and that’s what happened. (And of course, Pedro went 0-fer). So there was no impact. Yes, Rodriguez missed a scoop early in the game, but it didn’t lead to anything. Other than that…maybe he could have lifted Cole a tad earlier, but again, it wouldn’t have mattered.
  • Definitely some iffy calls, but again, can’t really say that was the difference (the Pirates got some, too). Arrieta certainly didn’t need any help, though.
  • Don’t even want to think about who just played their last games as a Pirate. Certainly Burnett and Ramirez. Tough endings for them. Plenty of additional “maybes” though…we will discuss soon.
  • Two straight Wild Card complete game shutouts. Ouch.
  • I don’t even know if I want the Cubs to beat the Cardinals in the NLDS. The Cubs have really spiked up on the dislikability index lately. I think I’d rather just tune out from baseball for a while.

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