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ALCS GameThread: Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays - Game 5

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Can the Kansas City Royals wrap up their ALCS matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays and earn a second straight trip to the World Series? Edison Volquez vs Marco Estrada. Game Time: 4:00 PM; TV: FS1; RADIO: ESPN Radio.

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With a win this afternoon in Toronto, the Kansas City Royals can earn their second straight trip to the World Series. Will the Jays allow them to win the American League Championship in the Rogers Centre, or can they win today's matchup and take the ALCS back to Kauffman Stadium for a Game 6? Marco Estrada takes the mound for the AL East champs this afternoon in Game 5 against Royals' right-hander Edinson Volquez at 4:00 PM EDT.

Volquez, 32, was (13-9) in 34 games and 33 starts in the regular season, posting a 3.55 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 72 walks (3.23 BB/9) and 155 Ks (6.96 K/9) in 200 ⅓ IP over which he held opposing hitters to a combined .251/.320/.372 line.

In his start in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, Volquez threw six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and four walks but no runs in a 5-0 win for the Royals.

Royals' skipper Ned Yost told reporters yesterday that he hopes Volquez can be as good as he was in his previous outing as they try to end the series this afternoon.

"You hope that he can be," Yost said. "He's proven that he's capable of doing it. That's why this game is so wonderful, it's not a cookie cutter game. You don't know what you're going to get until you get out there, find out what's working and how your command is, and if you're duplicating your mechanics, and being able to repeat. We'll find out tomorrow."

Estrada, also 32, was (13-8) in the regular season, with a 3.13 ERA, 4.40 FIP, 55 walks (2.73 BB/9) and 131 Ks (6.51 K/9) in 34 games, 28 starts and 181 IP over which opposing hitters had a .203/.269/.364 line.

He took the loss in Game 1 of the ALCS matchup, giving up six hits and three runs in 5 ⅓ innings on the mound.

Jays' skipper John Gibbons said on Tuesday that he hoped his team would come through in a must-win Game 5.

"There's no doubt it's a big challenge," Gibbons said. "It's a do or die game for us. But they do it all year. I think these guys will let this one go and they'll show up to play tomorrow.

"The key is get a good outing out of Marco and we'll see where it takes us. Not a more important game this season, really. I know these guys will be ready."

Game 5 starts at 4:00 PM EDT in Toronto. Here are the lineups...

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 Dioner Navarro - C
Alex Gordon - LF Kevin Pillar - CF
Alex Rios - RF Ryan Goins - 2B
Edinson Volquez - RHP Marco Estrada - RHP

Estrada vs the Royals:

Royals PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Lorenzo Cain 10 9 3 1 1 .333 .400 .333 .733 1
Alcides Escobar 10 10 4 2 2 .400 .400 .600 1.000
Mike Moustakas 9 9 5 .000 .000 .000 .000
Eric Hosmer 8 8 4 1 .500 .500 .625 1.125
Kendrys Morales 8 8 2 1 2 2 .250 .250 .375 .625
Salvador Perez 7 7 2 1 1 .286 .286 .714 1.000
Alex Rios 7 7 2 1 1 2 .286 .286 .429 .714
Ben Zobrist 6 6 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
Jarrod Dyson 5 4 1 2 .000 .200 .000 .200
Drew Butera 3 3 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Edinson Volquez 3 2 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 1
Alex Gordon 2 2 1 1 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
Total 78 75 19 6 1 7 1 15 .253 .273 .373 .646 1 1

Volquez 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
Jose Bautista 22 18 3 2 3 4 3 .167 .318 .278 .596 1 2
Troy Tulowitzki 20 17 3 2 4 2 4 .176 .300 .294 .594 1
Edwin Encarnacion 15 12 3 1 2 3 2 .250 .400 .500 .900 1
Ben Revere 12 11 1 1 .000 .083 .000 .083 1
Chris Colabello 9 7 2 1 2 2 2 .286 .444 .714 1.159
Russell Martin 8 6 1 2 2 .167 .375 .167 .542 1
Kevin Pillar 7 6 1 .000 .143 .000 .143
Josh Donaldson 6 3 2 1 .000 .500 .000 .500 1
Justin Smoak 6 5 1 1 .000 .167 .000 .167
Ezequiel Carrera 5 5 1 1 1 .200 .200 .400 .600
Ryan Goins 4 2 1 1 .500 .667 .500 1.167 1
Dioner Navarro 3 3 1 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
R.A. Dickey 2 2 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Marco Estrada 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Cliff Pennington 1 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 122 100 16 5 2 12 19 18 .160 .306 .270 .576 1 1 2 5