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The New York Yankees and the Oakland A's will get the American League postseason started Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.That game will determine who plays the Boston Red Sox in one of the American League Division Series.The other series has been set Ken Boyer Jersey , seemingly for weeks. The Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros, the last two American League participants in the World Series, will meet for the right to go to the American League Championship Series.The Indians lost the 2016 Series in heartbreaking fashion, dropping the seventh game in extra innings to the Chicago Cubs. The Astros won last year's championship, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Indians vs. Astros ScheduleFriday, October 5: Indians at Astros, Game 1, TBSSaturday, October 6: Indians at Astros, Game 2, TBSMonday, October 8: Astros at Indians, Game 3, TBSTuesday, October 9: Astros at Indians , Game 4*, TBSThursday, October 11: Indians at Astros, Game 5*, TBS*If necessaryAll postseason games can be live-streamed atMLB.TV.Even though the Red Sox led all of baseball with 108 wins, both the Indians and the Astros are powerful teams that could represent the AL in the World Series once again.The Indians have explosive power bats in the middle of their lineup whoare capable of devastating any pitching staff. Jose Ramirez led the Tribe with 39 home runs and he also had 106 RBI and a .555 slugging percentage. Shortstop Francisco Lindor tallied 38 home runs, scored 129 runs, drove in 92 and had a .519 slugging percentage. Edwin Encarnacion delivered 32 home runs and knocked in a team-high 107 runs.Former Blue Jay Josh Donaldson could turn out to be an X-factor in the series. Donaldson was traded to Cleveland at the trade deadline, and while he played in just 16 games this year due to injuries and had three home runs and seven RBI, he is capable of getting hot and driving the ball consistently in big situations.The pitching staff has largely been responsible for Cleveland's success, and Corey Kluber is once again the ace of the staff with a 20-7 record, 222 strikeouts, a 2.89 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He is joined by starters Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer.The Indians are hoping that their once-formidable bullpen can dominate in the postseason.Cleveland manager Terry Francona believes the preparation in leading up to Friday's series opener is a big key."I think the Monday, Tuesday Whitey Herzog Jersey , Wednesday, Thursday (before the playoffs) are way more important than your last couple of games," Francona said, per Joe Noga of "I think the way you handle those off days is how you create momentum going into the playoffs."The Astros won the World Series a year ago largely because of their ability to come through with clutch at-bats. While they don't have quite the power that the Indians do from their top sluggers, the Astros are a confident team that has an excellent chance to repeat last year's postseason success.Alex Bregman had a brilliant year with a 31 home runs to lead the team, along with 103 RBI and a .532 slugging percentage. George Springer is one of the team's triggers as he belted 22 home runs and scored 102 runs.Jose Altuve battled through injuries this season but appears healthy for the playoffs. The 2017 MVP hit .315 with 13 home runs and scored84 runs in 137 games.The Astros may have the best starting pitching of any team in the postseason with Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton. All four started 30 or more games, and Verlander is the ace of the group with a 16-9 record, 290 strikeouts and a 2.52 ERA.These are two brilliant and experienced teams, and it would be somewhat surprising if the series does not go five games. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre was given a standing ovation when he was removed from what could be his last home game for Texas, just before the Rangers rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 on Sunday.The 39-year-old, playing his 21st major league season, struck out twice and is hitting .275 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs. The four-time All-Star , the active hits leader with 3,162, went to third base just after the game became official — his 2,758 appearances at third are second only to Brooks Robinson’s 2,870. Rougned Odor ran out of the dugout and hugged Beltre, entering the game as Jurickson Profar moved from second base to third.“I want to get another at-bat but I didn’t want to be rude,” Beltre said.Teammates hugged Beltre as the crowd of 31,269 rose to its feet. He acknowledged the cheers with a tip and wave of his cap, then descended into the dugout to more hugs.“It was goose bumps and some tears along with Adrian, because he teared up pretty good,” interim manager Don Wakamatsu said. “He’s been such a leader for a lot of the young guys here. It’s a pretty emotional moment for everybody.”Beltre is in his eighth season in Texas after time with Seattle, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston, and he has not said whether he wants to return for next season. He said he will make his decision after discussions with his wife and three children.“Mentally, I’m ready for whatever decision I’m going to make. I’m ready to accept the fact that maybe this is it. If it’s not, I want to be ready mentally to go through another year.”The Rangers finish their season on the road after going 34-47 at home Orlando Cepeda Jersey , the second-most home losses since the team moved to Texas, behind 33-48 in 2014.While Beltre was signing autographs before the game, some fans held up signs pleading with him to stay with the Rangers.“It was just nice to know that some people care about me,” Beltre said.Seattle lost a day after it was eliminated from the postseason contention, extending the longest playoff drought among the four major U.S. pro sports to 17 years.Guillermo Heredia’s double in the second put the Mariners ahead, but the Rangers took a 4-1 lead in the sixth when Nomar Mazara chased starter Wade LeBlanc (8-5) with a two-run double, Robinson Chirinos hit an RBI single off Nick Vincent and Carlos Tocci had a sacrifice fly against James Pazos. Joey Gallo added his 39th homer, a two-run drive in the eighth against Ryan Cook.Jeffrey Springs (1-1), the second of five Texas pitchers, allowed two hits in two scoreless innings. Jose Leclerc pitched a perfect ninth inning to extend his scoreless innings streak to 19.Seattle finished its road schedule 44-37, its second-most wins away from home since 2002, behind only 46-35 four years ago.WHERE HAVE THEY GONE?Texas drew 2,107,107 at home, an average of 26 ,014, its lowest home attendance since 1,945,677 in 2008.REMEMBERINGTexas observed a moment of silence before the game in memory of Dr. B.J. Mycoskie, the Rangers’ medical director from 1972-85. He died Sunday at age 95.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (strained right hamstring) is slated to return Tuesday to make his first start since Sept. 8. “He has some problems with the leg,” manager Scott Servais said. “It is important just to go into the offseason with peace of mind.”UP NEXTMariners: LHP James Paxton (11-6, 3.83), sidelined by pneumonia since Sept. 7, starts Monday’s series opener against Oakland and LHP Brett Anderson (4-5, 3.96).Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 4.09) is scheduled to pitch Monday at the Los Angeles Angels and RHP Felix Pena (3-5, 4.20).
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