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ALDS GameThread: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays Game 2

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The Texas Rangers took the first game in Toronto yesterday, now the Blue Jays try to bounce back and even things up in their ALDS matchup. Cole Hamels vs Marcus Stroman in the Rogers Centre today at 12:30 PM EDT. TV: MLBN; RADIO: ESPN RADIO.

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The Texas Rangers beat David Price and the Blue Jays yesterday in Toronto and now they try to take a 2-0 lead in the ALDS series in the second game in the Rogers Centre.

Cole Hamels takes the mound for the visitors against Jays' righty Marcus Stroman in the second game of the best-of-five series.

Hamels, who held right-handed hitters to a .238/.295/.380 line and left-handed hitters to a .237/.316/.329 line on the year, talked to reporters yesterday about preparing for what will almost surely be a right-hand heavy Blue Jays' lineup in the second game of the series this afternoon.

"I don't think it really matters lefty, righty," Hamels said. "You have to be able to throw pitches and execute pitches no matter where they're standing, on which side of the box. So that's what their strength's been and it seems that they've done very well.

"They faced some tough pitchers in the American League and they've had success, so I don't think they've had to look at it as though they need to mix and match and create some kind of chaotic approach for a starter.

"They're going with what they're good at and they're sticking to that plan. So basically... what I have to do is to go out and execute pitches against hitters. It doesn't really matter if they're lefty or right-handed."

Blue Jays' skipper John Gibbons talked after last night's loss about sending a second-year starter like Stroman, 24, out in a sort-of-must-win game in which he'll be making his first postseason start.

"Yeah, you know what, you always look forward to the days that Stro's pitching," Gibbons said.

"There's something about him, he always rises to the occasion so we feel really good. We've got to work it out for us with Hamels, no doubt. [We] dropped the first one at home, it's important we win at home. We did very good here all year. So yeah, tomorrow's a big game for us, but really the perfect guy going."

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
Mitch Moreland - 1B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Elvis Andrus - SS Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Josh Hamilton - LF Chris Colabello - 1B
Rougned Odor - 2B Russell Martin - C
Chris Gimenez - C Kevin Pillar - CF
Hanser Alberto - 3B Ryan Goins - 2B
Cole Hamels - LHP Marcus Stroman - RHP

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 29 27 6 1 1 2 2 7 .222 .276 .370 .646 1
Troy Tulowitzki 22 19 5 1 2 5 2 3 .263 .318 .684 1.002 1 1
Edwin Encarnacion 16 14 5 1 1 2 3 .357 .438 .571 1.009 1
Jose Bautista 11 9 3 1 2 4 .333 .455 .444 .899
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
Darwin Barney 3 3 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Mark Buehrle 3 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jeff Francis 3 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 1
Drew Hutchison 3 3 2 1 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Ben Revere 3 3 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 1
Justin Smoak 3 3 2 1 1 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Josh Thole 3 3 1 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
David Price 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Marco Estrada 1 1 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 123 111 27 2 1 4 9 10 27 .243 .303 .387 .691 1 1 1 6

Stroman vs the Rangers:

Rangers PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Mike Napoli 6 6 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 2
Elvis Andrus 3 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Adrian Beltre 3 3 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Shin-Soo Choo 3 3 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Leonys Martin 3 3 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Robinson Chirinos 2 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Josh Hamilton 2 2 1 1 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Rougned Odor 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 24 24 2 1 5 .083 .083 .083 .167 2