The American League Divisional Series gets started today with a humdinger of a matchup kicking it off this afternoon at 3:30 CT with the Rangers and Blue Jays facing each other in a re-match of last year’s series. The Rangers were up 2-0 in last year’s series, but had an epic meltdown in the seventh inning of Game 5, punctuated by the mother of all bat-flips from Jose Bautista, to lose the series.
The two teams carried the bad blood over to this year, getting into a brawl in May when Jose Bautista was drilled by Rangers pitcher Matt Bush, then took out his frustrations on infielder Rougned Odor when sliding into second, causing the two to come to blows. Marco Estrada will face off against Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels at Global Life Ballpark in Arlington.
At 7:30, its the Cleveland Indians hosting the Boston Red Sox, as Indians manager Terry Francona returns to the place where he won two championships. Volatile Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer gets the call, with the Indians rotation decimated by injuries. Rick Porcello and his 22 wins and .269 BABIP gets the call for Boston.
You can follow both games on TBS, at TBS.com, or on the Watch TBS app.