Tuesday, October 13
Blue Jays force Game 5 in ALDS with 8-4 win at Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Chris Colabello hit home runs before 40-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey threw his first postseason pitch, and the Toronto Blue Jays forced a deciding Game 5 in the AL Division Series with an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday.
After losing the first two games in the series at home, the Blue Jays won both games in Texas in a span of 24 hours. They get to go back to Toronto for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, allowed one run over 4 2-3 innings before 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price (1-1) pitched three innings.
Three of the first eight Toronto hitters homered off Derek Holland (0-1), in his first postseason start since 8 1-3 scoreless innings against St. Louis in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series.
Royals rally on Correa's error, beat Astros 9-6 to even ALDS
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros shortstop Carlos Correa couldn't handle a deflected grounder that might have been a double-play ball, helping the Kansas City Royals rally for five runs in the eighth inning to beat Houston 9-6 Monday and force their playoff series to a decisive Game 5.
Correa homered twice, doubled, singled and drove in four runs in Game 4 of the AL Division Series. Houston took a 6-2 lead into the eighth, but a tough error charged to the 21-year-old rookie keyed the Royals' comeback to even the matchup at two games apiece.
Game 5 will be back in Kansas City on Wednesday night.
Late in the game, a tweet from the account of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott congratulated the Astros on advancing to the AL Championship Series.
But the defending AL champion Royals had other ideas.
Beltre late to addition to Rangers starting lineup in Game 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Third baseman Adrian Beltre was a late addition to the Texas Rangers lineup for Game 4 of the AL Division Series.
Beltre wasn't in manager Jeff Banister's initial starting lineup. But about an hour before the start of Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers announced that Beltre would start at third base and bat third.
Beltre missed Games 2 and 3 after exiting early from the series opener Thursday with a strained lower back.
Banister had said earlier Monday that Beltre had taken soft-toss swings in the batting cage, but that running was "most problematic" for Beltre.
TEXAS GOVERNOR-ASTROS TWEET
Jinx? Texas governor congratulates Astros before collapse
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Here's a new "oops" moment for a Texas governor: prematurely celebrating a Houston Astros playoff victory.
With Houston up four runs and six outs away Monday from finishing off Kansas City, the office of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted congratulations to the Astros for advancing to the AL Championship Series. The Royals then rallied in the eighth inning and forced a decisive Game 5 with a 9-6 victory.
The tweet has since been deleted.
Abbott, who is an avid Twitter user, responded to the gaffe by telling Astros fans to unfollow his office and stick to his personal Twitter account. He tweeted: "No predictions. Just support."
Abbott spokesman John Wittman said the deleted tweet was sent by a staffer and declined further comment.
Game 5 is Wednesday at Kansas City.
Jaguars QB Bortles sprains throwing shoulder in loss at Bucs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles sprained his throwing shoulder in a 38-31 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The team says Bortles suffered a "Grade 1 AC joint sprain" early in the game but played through it. Coach Gus Bradley adds, "We think he should be in good shape" to play against Houston on Sunday.
Bortles completed 23 of 33 passes for 303 yards, with four touchdowns and an interception, against the Buccaneers. He also was sacked a season-high six times.
Bradley says "don't be surprised if you don't see him out there Wednesday. If he could practice Wednesday, it would be a situation where we don't want him to be sore and affect his throwing mechanics. But we think he should be OK."
EX-TEXAS A&M PLAYER-SLAYING
Ex-A&M football player suspected in Dallas jogger killing
DALLAS (AP) — Police say former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson has admitted to randomly attacking and killing a man on a Dallas jogging trail.
Dallas police Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin says Johnson admitted to killing the jogger with a "large-edged weapon" in a random act of rage on the White Rock Creek Trail early Monday.
Johnson was arrested after calling 911 from a nearby equestrian center.
Johnson is being held without bond. Jail records don't list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Authorities haven't released the victim's name.
Johnson played for the Aggies in 2012. He had three catches for 22 yards in A&M's 29-24 win at top-ranked Alabama. He disappeared a few days later and wasn't seen until he appeared at his family's Dallas home three days later.
IOWA ST-CRUCIAL STRETCH
Iowa State enters season-defining stretch
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A somewhat promising start has given way to a troubling reality now that Iowa State has started Big 12 play.
If that sounds familiar to Cyclones fans, it should.
Iowa State is in the midst of yet another season-defining stretch.
The Cyclones (2-3, 1-1 Big 12), fresh off letting Texas Tech gain a school-record 776 yards in a 66-31 road loss last weekend, host No. 3 TCU (6-0, 3-0) on Saturday before a road trip to No. 2 Baylor.
It will take arguably the biggest win in school history just to earn a split over the next two weeks — and Iowa State would still be below .500 with five games to go.