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ALCS GameThread: Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays - Game 3

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The Kansas City Royals took the first two games of their ALCS matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays, but now the series shifts venues and the teams play Game 3 in the Rogers Centre. Game Time: 8:00 PM; TV: FS1; RADIO: ESPN Radio. Johnny Ceuto vs Marcus Stroman.

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Kansas City's Royals headed to Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a 2-0 lead over the Blue Jays in their ALCS matchup after taking the first two in Kauffman Stadium. Tonight, however, the Royals travel to the Rogers Centre, where the Jays were 53-28 this season, for Game 3, which features Marcus Stroman on the mound for the home team vs right-hander Johnny Cueto.

Toronto manager John Gibbons was asked for his thoughts going into tonight's game, which is not quite a must-win game for the Blue Jays, but close to it.

"Yeah, it's not an elimination game," Gibbons told reporters, "but they win it, your back's really against the wall. It's important to win. We'll approach it like that.

"But to be honest, I feel good coming home here. The guys have a good frame of mind, I think, so we'll see what happens."

Royals' skipper Ned Yost said he wouldn't approach managing the game any differently either, in spite of the fact that his team has the lead.

"I don't manage it differently," he said. "My whole intent and focus is to win this game, and I don't even think about being up 2-0. The only thing that counts is today. We manage it the exact same way we do every day."

Instead of being nervous about taking the mound in a high-pressure situation, Marcus Stroman, who made just four starts in the regular season after returning from knee surgery, told reporters on Sunday that he looked forward to the opportunity.

"Yeah, this is fun," Stroman said. "This is what you dream about when you're a young kid growing up. So I'm happy to be in this position. I want to be the one to have the ball in these games. That's what all the preparation and all the hard work is to be able to take the ball and go out in pressure situations. And I feed off the energy of the crowd and my teammates and I'm looking forward to being out there."

Cueto said he planned on taking a workmanlike approach to his turn on the mound in the ALCS.

"I'm going to toe the rubber and give everything I've got and I'm going to take the same approach as I did the previous game and just be ready to go, ready to pitch."

Cueto will take the mound just after 8:00 PM tonight in Toronto. Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the series:

Today's Lineups:

KANSAS CITY ROYALS TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Alcides Escobar - SS Ben Revere - LF
Ben Zobrist - 2B Josh Donaldson - 3B
Lorenzo Cain - CF Jose Bautista - RF
Eric Hosmer - 1B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Kendrys Morales - DH Chris Colabello - 1B
Mike Moustakas - 3B Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Salvador Perez - C Russell Martin - C
Alex Gordon - LF Kevin Pillar - CF
Alex Rios - RF Ryan Goins - 2B
Johnny Cueto - RHP Marcus Stroman - RHP

Stroman vs the Blue Jays:

Royals PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Ben Zobrist 6 5 2 1 1 .400 .500 .400 .900
Alcides Escobar 3 3 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Alex Gordon 3 3 1 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000 1
Eric Hosmer 3 3 1 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Kendrys Morales 3 3 2 1 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Jarrod Dyson 2 2 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Total 20 19 7 2 1 3 .368 .400 .474 .874 1

Cueto vs the Royals:

Blue Jays PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Russell Martin 26 19 3 1 1 3 6 5 .158 .385 .368 .753 1 1
Troy Tulowitzki 17 16 3 1 1 1 1 1 .188 .235 .438 .673
Jose Bautista 10 8 2 1 1 3 .250 .333 .375 .708 1
Edwin Encarnacion 7 7 4 1 1 1 1 .571 .571 1.143 1.714
Ben Revere 6 6 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
David Price 5 5 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ezequiel Carrera 3 3 2 .667 .667 .667 1.333
R.A. Dickey 3 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Josh Donaldson 3 2 1 1 2 1 .500 .667 1.000 1.667
Kevin Pillar 3 3 2 1 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Justin Smoak 3 3 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Goins 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Dioner Navarro 2 2 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Total 90 79 18 5 3 8 9 17 .228 .315 .405 .720 1 1 1