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2014 ALDS Game 1

Detroit Tigers @ Baltimore Orioles

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 5:37 ET

TV: TBS

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The Orioles are my preferred American League team among those that made the playoffs, and they've got home-field advantage for this series, but I suspect most viewers (myself included) view the Tigers as the favorite. It feels like Detroit has the better pitching, but Baltimore allowed 112 fewer runs. How? They play much better defense and have a much better bullpen. We'll see how much Max Scherzer allows those two things to factor into tonight's game.

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Today's Lineups

DETROIT TIGERS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Ian Kinsler - 2B Nick Markakis - RF
Torii Hunter - RF Alejandro De Aza - LF
Miguel Cabrera - 1B Adam Jones - CF
Victor Martinez - DH Nelson Cruz - DH
J.D. Martinez - LF Steve Pearce - 1B
Alex Avila - C J.J. Hardy - SS
Nick Castellanos - 3B Ryan Flaherty - 3B
Andrew Romine - SS Nick Hundley - C
Rajai Davis - CF Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Max Scherzer - RHP Chris Tillman - RHP

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2014 ALDS Game 1

Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:07 ET

TV: TBS

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Mike Trout makes his postseason debut. So does Jason Vargas, so that's a draw. One of those guys will likely be named AL MVP in a few weeks. The other one is named Jason. I'd called that a draw too.

Meanwhile, Vegas is no longer taking bets on how many bunts will laid down in this series.

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Today's Lineups

KANSAS CITY ROYALS LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Alcides Escobar - SS Kole Calhoun - RF
Norichika Aoki - RF Mike Trout - CF
Lorenzo Cain - CF Albert Pujols - 1B
Eric Hosmer - 1B Howie Kendrick - 2B
Billy Butler - DH David Freese - 3B
Alex Gordon - LF Erick Aybar - SS
Salvador Perez - C Josh Hamilton - LF
Omar Infante - 2B C.J. Cron - DH
Mike Moustakas - 3B Chris Iannetta - C
Jason Vargas - LHP Jered Weaver - RHP

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