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ALCS GameThread: Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals - Game 6

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The Kansas City Royals couldn't finish the hard-to-kill Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 in the Rogers Centre so tonight they are back in Kauffman Stadium for Game 6 of their ALCS matchup. David Price vs Yordano Ventura. Game Time: 8:00 PM; TV: FS1; RADIO: ESPN

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David Price takes the mound tonight in Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium winless in seven career postseason starts (0-7) with a 5.24 ERA overall in the playoffs and a .257/.300/.432 line against in 56 ⅔ postseason innings pitched, trying to keep the Toronto Blue Jays alive after they avoided elimination with a win in Game 5 of their ALCS matchup with the Royals.

In Price's start against the AL Central division winners in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, the left-hander gave up six hits and five runs in 6 ⅔ innings in a 6-3 loss. That start began with six scoreless innings, but things fell apart in the seventh.

Price talked to reporters yesterday about his postseason struggles overall in his career and what might be behind them.

"You know, trying to be too good," Price said.

"Trying to be maybe too fine or whatever it is. I know what I'm capable of doing, I think everybody in this room knows what I'm capable of doing. And I think I just kind of want to do it too bad.

"And it's been long overdue for me to get a win as a starter in the playoffs. And I'll be ready to change that story tomorrow."

On the mound for the Royals is right-hander Yordano Ventura, who is (0-1) in three postseason starts this year with a 6.57 ERA and a .308/.390/.519 line against in 12 ⅓ innings pitched.

Ventura gave up eight hits, two walks and three earned runs in 5 ⅓ innings pitched, receiving no decision in the Royals' win in Game 2.

The 24-year-old Kansas City righty said Thursday that he wasn't concerned about facing Toronto again so soon after the last outing.

"I don't think there's anything difficult to it," Ventura told reporters. "I've got to go out and execute and I feel like my stuff, if I execute would be sufficient.

"I'm going to go out and give it my best. And whatever happens, happens."

Ventura did, however, say he was excited about the possibility of starting in a game which could earn the Royals a trip to the World Series.

"Very fortunate and happy that this game has landed on my turn here in Kansas City and with the opportunity for me to take this club to the World Series, and I'll be ready for tomorrow's game," Ventura said.

Game 6 of the ALCS starts at 8:00 PM in Kauffman Stadium. Here are the lineups for the game...

Tonight's Lineups:

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

Ventura 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
Josh Donaldson 10 9 2 1 2 1 2 .222 .300 .556 .856
Chris Colabello 9 9 2 1 4 .222 .222 .222 .444
Jose Bautista 8 7 3 1 1 1 1 .429 .500 .857 1.357
Edwin Encarnacion 8 6 3 1 2 1 .500 .625 .500 1.125
Justin Smoak 8 8 2 1 3 1 .250 .250 .625 .875 1
Ben Revere 7 7 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Goins 5 4 1 1 1 1 1 .250 .400 .500 .900
Dioner Navarro 5 5 1 1 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
Kevin Pillar 5 5 1 1 1 .200 .200 .400 .600
Russell Martin 3 2 1 .000 .333 .000 .333
Cliff Pennington 3 3 1 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Troy Tulowitzki 3 3 2 1 1 1 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Total 74 68 18 3 3 11 6 15 .265 .324 .441 .766 1

Price vs the Royals:

Royals PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Alex Rios 35 32 12 4 1 2 10 3 6 .375 .429 .750 1.179 1 1
Kendrys Morales 25 24 5 2 1 5 .208 .240 .208 .448 1
Alex Gordon 17 17 4 2 3 1 .235 .235 .353 .588
Lorenzo Cain 14 14 5 1 1 1 .357 .357 .571 .929
Eric Hosmer 14 14 3 1 4 .214 .214 .214 .429
Salvador Perez 12 12 3 1 2 1 .250 .250 .500 .750
Alcides Escobar 10 10 3 1 .300 .300 .300 .600
Mike Moustakas 10 10 2 1 3 .200 .200 .200 .400 1
Ben Zobrist 9 9 3 1 1 .333 .333 .444 .778
Christian Colon 6 6 3 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Paulo Orlando 6 6 .000 .000 .000 .000
Drew Butera 5 5 2 .400 .400 .400 .800
Johnny Cueto 4 3 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 1
Total 167 162 45 7 1 4 21 4 24 .278 .295 .407 .703 1 1 3