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|10/7/2015||Collin McHugh, Hou, P|
|McHugh will start Thursday's Game 1 of the ALDS.
Analysis: The 19-game winner will oppose Kansas City's Yordano Ventura. McHugh pitched to a 2.49 ERA and recorded 20 strikeouts in winning his final three regular-season starts.
|10/7/2015||Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, P|
|Tanaka took the loss in Tuesday's AL wild-card game after allowing two runs in five innings against Houston.
Analysis: Both runs came on solo homers by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez in the Astros' 3-0 win.
|10/7/2015||Colby Rasmus, Hou, LF|
|Rasmus homered in his first at-bat in Houston's AL wild card game win over the Yankees.
Analysis: His second-inning blast accounted for the eventual winning run in Tuesday's 3-0 victory. Rasmus ended the regular season 7 for 14 with three homers and six RBIs over his final four games.
|10/7/2015||Dallas Keuchel, Hou, P|
|Keuchel led the Astros into the ALDS with six scoreless innings in Tuesday's win over the Yankees in the wild-card game.
Analysis: Just another routine night at the office for the Cy Young candidate, who held New York to three singles and fanned seven. Keuchel will pitch at home in Game 3 of Houston's ALDS matchup with Kansas City.
|10/6/2015||Carlos Gomez, Hou, CF|
|Gomez contributed a solo homer to the Astros' AL wild-card game win over the New York Yankees.
Analysis: Gomez had started just one of the final 20 regular-season games due to a strained left chest muscle, but looked plenty healthy with his blast off Masahiro Tanaka in the fourth inning.
|10/6/2015||Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY, CF|
|Ellsbury has been left out of the New York Yankees lineup for their AL wild-card game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Manager Joe Girardi kept his struggling left-handed swinging center fielder on the bench with lefty Dallas Keuchel starting for Houston. Brett Gardner takes Ellsbury spot in center field and atop the batting order. Chris Young, who is 6 for 20 (.300) against the AL Cy Young Award candidate, is batting second and playing left field.
|10/6/2015||Matt Harvey, NYM, P|
|Harvey finally made it to the New York Mets workout, and he had an explanation plenty of New Yorkers could understand - he was stuck in traffic.
Analysis: When the star pitcher didn't initially show Tuesday, general manager Sandy Alderson did not know why. Alderson believed the Citi Field workout was mandatory for all players. Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, also was in the dark at first. He told The Associated Press by phone he wasn't sure why his client wasn't there. But Harvey eventually showed and apologized for the late arrival.
|10/6/2015||Ichiro Suzuki, Mia, RF|
|Suzuki has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Miami Marlins and try to reach the 3,000-hit milestone in the majors.
Analysis: Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on the hits list with 2,935. He had 91 in 153 games for the Marlins this year but batted a career-low .229, dropping his career average to .314. His slugging percentage this year was .279, the lowest among all major-league players with more than 300 at-bats. But injuries to other outfielders - including slugger Giancarlo Stanton - made him an everyday player.
|10/6/2015||Edinson Volquez, KC, P|
|The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Divisional Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night. Royals manager Ned Yost announced his starter before Tuesday's workout at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will pitch the second game and Volquez will start Game 3.
Analysis: Volquez is 0-2 with a 12.15 ERA in two postseason starts with the Reds and Pirates.
|10/6/2015||Johnny Cueto, KC, P|
|The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Divisional Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night. Royals manager Ned Yost announced his starter before Tuesday's workout at Kauffman Stadium. Cueto will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3.
Analysis: Cueto is 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA in three postseason starts, all with Cincinnati.
|10/6/2015||Yordano Ventura, KC, P|
|The Royals will start Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Divisional Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night. Royals manager Ned Yost announced his starter before Tuesday's workout at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Ventura weathered a rollercoaster year that saw him briefly shipped to Triple-A. But the star of Game 6 of last year's World Series has rebounded down the stretch, going 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in seven starts in September.
|10/6/2015||Cole Hamels, Tex, P|
|Yovani Gallardo will start for the Texas Rangers in their ALDS opener Thursday, and Hamels will pitch for the AL West champions in the second game at Toronto. Manager Jeff Banister announced only the starters for the first two games Tuesday, when the team worked out at home before departing for Canada.
Analysis: The Rangers have won their past 10 games started by Hamels, including the regular-season finale Sunday with his complete game in a 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels to clinch the division title. Hamels is 7-1 in 12 starts since Texas acquired him from Philadelphia in late July.
|10/6/2015||Yovani Gallardo, Tex, P|
|Gallardo will start for the Texas Rangers in their ALDS opener Thursday, and ace lefty Cole Hamels will pitch for the AL West champions in the second game at Toronto.
Analysis: Manager Jeff Banister announced only the starters for the first two games Tuesday, when the team worked out at home before departing for Canada. Gallardo (13-11, 3.42 ERA) won both of his starts this season against the Blue Jays, the only Texas wins against the AL East champs. The right-hander threw 13 2-3 scoreless innings, as Toronto had six hits and batted .136 against him.
|10/5/2015||Jacob deGrom, NYM, P|
|DeGrom struck out seven in four scoreless innings during his final tuneup ahead of the postseason on Sunday.
Analysis: He didn't allow a hit and walked two while throwing 72 pitches.
|10/5/2015||Curtis Granderson, NYM, RF|
|Granderson had three of a combined seven hits between the Mets and Washington on Sunday, including the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Analysis: The homer was the 26th on the year for Granderson, who enters the postseason hitting .370 with three home runs, three doubles and six RBIs in his last seven games.
|10/5/2015||Clayton Kershaw, LAD, P|
|Kershaw threw 3 2-3 scoreless innings Sunday in his final tuneup ahead of the postseason.
Analysis: He gave up two hits while striking out seven. Kershaw has a 1.22 ERA over his last 18 starts.
|10/5/2015||Joc Pederson, LAD, CF|
|Pederson hit his 26th home run on the final day of the regular season Sunday.
Analysis: It was his first home run since Sept. 12.
|10/5/2015||Corey Seager, LAD, SS|
|Seager closed the regular season with a 3-for-3 day on Sunday.
Analysis: The rookie hit his fourth home run since his promotion in early September, a sixth-inning solo shot.
|10/5/2015||Dan Haren, ChC, P|
|Haren likely pitched the final regular season game of his career Sunday, allowing one run in six innings to earn his 11th win against Milwaukee.
Analysis: Haren reiterated that he will not pitch in 2016, but if called upon, he wouldn't mind throwing in the playoffs. ''Just thankful to be part of it,'' he said.
|10/5/2015||Anthony Rizzo, ChC, 1B|
|Rizzo recorded RBI Nos. 100 and 101 on Sunday.
Analysis: Rizzo hit triple digits in RBIs for the first time in his career with a two-run single in the first inning. He enters the postseason on a five-game hitting streak.
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