The first day of the second round of the MLB playoffs began Thursday and the first game featured the Texas Rangers hosting the Toronto Blue Jays. These two teams have a big history after last year’s debacle at the Rogers Centre and then Rougned Odor punching out Jose Bautista during the season. However, the Rangers didn’t put up much of a fight in Game 1 of the 2016 American League Division Series. Cole Hamels was blasted for seven runs — six earned — on six hits and 3 and 1/3 innings. Bautista contributed with a three-run homer in the ninth and Troy Tulowitzki piled on with three RBI. Marco Estrada picked up the win with 8 1/3 innings of four-hit baseball. The Blue Jays won 10-1. Game 2 is on Friday.
The second series saw the Boston Red Sox take on the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. With some clutch hitting and a resurgent bullpen, the Indians were able to hold off the Red Sox 5-4. Three Indians home runs in the third off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello really hurt Boston. Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor all clobbered shots in that inning. Porcello allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings and picked up the loss. His counterpart Trevor Bauer allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings. Andrew Miller picked up the win when Terry Francona decided to use the closer really early in the ball game to get the Indians out of a tough spot. Game 2 is on Friday.