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Angels host the Royals in ALDS Game 2

The Los Angeles Angels are 8-0 in Matt Shoemaker's last eight trips to the hill as the righthander gets the ball in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

Shoemaker went 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA during the regular season, but he's also 0-1 with a 10.00 ERA over his two career appearances against the Royals. Yordano Ventura will head to the mound for the Royals; Ventura posted a 14-10 mark with a 3.20 ERA during the season.

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683887
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Strasburg opens NLDS for the Nationals

Stephen Strasburg is 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA over five career starts against the San Francisco Giants as he gets the ball for the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of their NLDS.

Strasburg went 14-11 with a 3.14 ERA on the season, and the righthander was knocked around for five runs over four innings in his most recent start against the Giants on August 24. Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.73 ERA) will take the mound for the Giants in the opener of their NLDS on Friday.

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683908
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Tigers try to avoid 0-2 hole vs. Orioles

The Detroit Tigers will turn to Justin Verlander on Friday as they try to avoid falling into an 0-2 ALDS hole when they face the Baltimore Orioles in Game 2 of their series.

Verlander went 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA on the season for the Tigers, who were beaten 12-3 at Camden Yards in the opener of the ALDS on Thursday night. Wei-Yin Chen will get the ball for Baltimore on Friday afternoon; Chen went 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA over his 31 starts for the O's this past season.

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683820
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Angels host the Royals in opener of ALDS

The Los Angeles Angels will send righthander Jered Weaver to the mound on Thursday night as they look to knock off the visiting Kansas City Royals in the opener of their ALDS.

Weaver went 18-9 with a 3.59 ERA on the season, and in his 12 career outings against the Royals he's 7-4 with a 2.21 ERA over 77 1-3 innings of work. Jason Vargas will get the ball for the Royals; Vargas was 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA on the season, and he's gone 5-4 with a 3.02 ERA against the Angels.

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683886
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Orioles open up ALDS at home vs. Tigers

Righthander Chris Tillman is 3-0 with a 3.58 ERA over his six career starts against the Detroit Tigers as his Baltimore Orioles host Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday night.

Tillman was 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA on the season, and he'll be up against Tigers ace Max Scherzer at Camden Yards on Thursday night. Scherzer went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA and 252 strikeouts in 220 1-3 innings on the season, and he's 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA in six career outings against the Orioles.

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683819
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Giants face the Pirates for NL Wild Card

Madison Bumgarner is just 1-3 with a 3.24 ERA in his four career starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates as he tries to pitch the San Francisco Giants to a berth in the NLDS in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday.

Bumgarner, though, went 18-10 with a 2.98 ERA during the regular season, striking out 219 batters in his 217 1-3 innings of work. Edinson Volquez will take the mound for the Pirates in the Wild Card Game on Wednesday; Volquez is 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA on the season, and 2-2 with a 5.72 ERA in his career against the Giants.

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683824
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A's set to battle Royals for AL Wild Card

The Oakland Athletics' Jon Lester will put his dominant career record against the Kansas City Royals on the line on Tuesday night as the teams battle in the AL's Wild Card Game.

Lester has faced the Royals 13 times in his career, going 9-3 with a 1.84 ERA over those 88 innings of work. The lefthander finished the regular season at 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA. James Shields will counter for Kansas City on Tuesday; Shields is 6-4 with a 3.82 ERA in his career against the A's.

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683818
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MLB Playoff Betting: Postseason Outlook

The Oakland Athletics' Jon Lester is 9-3 with a 1.84 ERA in his 13 career starts against the Kansas City Royals as those two teams face off on Tuesday night to launch the 2014 MLB postseason schedule.

Lester will take on the Royals' James Shields in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday, with Shields 6-4 with a 3.82 ERA in his 15 career starts against Oakland. Shields is 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA on the season, while Lester is 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA. The winner of Tuesday's game moves on to an ALDS matchup with the Los Angeles Angels.

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Cardinals turn to Wainwright on Sunday

The St. Louis Cardinals will be looking to wrap up the NL Central title late on Sunday afternoon as they turn to Adam Wainwright in their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wainwright sits at 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA on the season, and he's 6-4 with a 2.36 ERA in his 12 career appearances against the Diamondbacks. Josh Collmenter will get the ball for Arizona in their season finale on Sunday; Collmenter is 11-8 with a 3.57 ERA for the Diamondbacks heading into the contest.

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Moneyline Favors Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB Battle with Colorado Rockies

Those betting on MLB baseball odds will look to pick a winner at Dodger Stadium on Sunday as the host Los Angeles Dodgers battle the Colorado Rockies in baseball betting odds action.

For the Los Angeles Dodgers, Zack Greinke gets the ball, charged with keeping the Colorado Rockies hitters off the base paths. He'll face Christian Bergman, 3-4 on the year.

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661476
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