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ALDS GameThread: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays - Game 5

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The Toronto Blue took two in Texas to even things up with the Rangers in their ALDS matchup, so it's back to the Rogers Centre for Game 5 this afternoon at 4:00 PM EDT. TV: FS1; RADIO: ESPN Radio. Cole Hamels vs Marcus Stroman.

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The Toronto Blue Jays dropped the first two games of their five-game NLDS matchup with the Texas Rangers but fought back to tie things up, taking both games in Arlington, TX to set up this afternoon's Game 5 in the Rogers Centre.

Today's game is a rematch of the second game of the series, with Marcus Stroman on the mound for the Blue Jays vs Rangers' lefty Cole Hamels. In Game 2, both starters went seven with Stroman allowing five hits, two walks and four runs, three earned and Hamels giving up six hits and four runs, two earned in what ended up a 6-4 win for Texas.

Blue Jays' skipper John Gibbons talked on Tuesday afternoon about sending Stroman, the 24-year-old, 2012 first-round pick, out in a decisive Game 5 after the right-hander fought his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee which was supposed to end his season.

"You really just look where he's come back this year and the games he's pitched," Gibbons said.

"Really, every game he's pitched since he's been back has been a meaningful game for this team. Getting us in for some big games along the way and he pitched a tremendous Game 2. I don't think it really surprises anybody that knows him, that's been around him.

"He's got a great arm. He's got great stuff, whatever you want to call it. But there's something different about him, too, and I expect if anybody can rise to the occasion, it would be him."

Rangers' manager Jeff Banister discussed facing Stroman and sending Hamels out in a decisive game and how the left-hander was acquired just for a start like today's.

"I've seen Stroman in the past, but electric arm, everything moves," Banister said.

"It's coming from a different angle that you're really not used to seeing as a hitter. This is a guy who pitches with a lot of emotion, lot of energy and he likes to work fast and there's a lot of things going on. Look, he's a tough opponent. This kid's got electric stuff."

As for Hamels, the former Philadelphia Phillies' lefty?

"It's why you go out and get top performers, elite competitors, [for] situations exactly like this," Banister said.

"The comforting feeling is that we got a guy on the mound that's going to go for us that has been here, has done it, and is quite capable of continuing to do it."

Today's Lineups:

TEXAS RANGERS TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Delino DeShields Jr. - CF Ben Revere - LF
Shin-Soo Choo - RF Josh Donaldson - 3B
Prince Fielder - DH Jose Bautista - RF
Adrian Beltre - 3B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Mitch Moreland - 1B Chris Colabello - 1B
Josh Hamilton - LF Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Elvis Andrus - SS Russell Martin - C
Rougned Odor - 2B Kevin Pillar - CF
Chris Gimenez - C Ryan Goins - 2B
Cole Hamels - LHP Marcus Stroman - RHP

Stroman vs the Rangers:

Rangers PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Elvis Andrus 6 6 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
Shin-Soo Choo 6 6 1 1 2 .167 .167 .167 .333
Mike Napoli 6 6 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 2
Josh Hamilton 5 5 1 1 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
Rougned Odor 5 4 1 2 .000 .200 .000 .200
Delino DeShields 4 4 2 1 .500 .500 .750 1.250
Hanser Alberto 3 2 1 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 1
Adrian Beltre 3 3 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Prince Fielder 3 3 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Chris Gimenez 3 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Mitch Moreland 3 2 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333
Robinson Chirinos 2 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 49 46 7 1 3 2 9 .152 .184 .174 .358 1 2

Hamels vs the Blue Jays:

Blue Jays PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Russell Martin 32 30 7 1 1 3 2 8 .233 .281 .367 .648 1
Troy Tulowitzki 25 22 5 1 2 5 2 5 .227 .280 .591 .871 1 1
Edwin Encarnacion 19 17 5 1 1 2 3 .294 .368 .471 .839 1
Jose Bautista 14 12 4 1 2 4 .333 .429 .417 .845
Dioner Navarro 8 7 1 2 .000 .125 .000 .125 2
R.A. Dickey 7 7 1 1 .143 .143 .143 .286
Cliff Pennington 6 5 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533 1
Ben Revere 6 6 2 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 1
Chris Colabello 3 3 1 1 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Josh Donaldson 3 3 1 1 1 1 .333 .333 1.333 1.667
Ryan Goins 3 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 1
Kevin Pillar 3 3 1 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000 1
Justin Smoak 3 3 2 1 1 .667 .667 .667 1.333
David Price 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Marco Estrada 1 1 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 135 123 30 4 1 5 12 10 29 .244 .299 .415 .713 1 1 1 7