MLB playoffs: Rangers arrange prospect of all-Texas ALCS by sweeping Orioles | MLB

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By Calvin S. Nelson

In his first season with Texas, veteran supervisor Bruce Bochy has guided the Rangers into the AL Championship Collection. Yordan Alvarez and the Houston Astros are one win from making it a Lone Star State affair.

Corey Seager and Adolis García homered early, Nathan Eovaldi pitched seven easy innings in one other playoff clincher and the Rangers accomplished a Division Collection sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 7-1 victory Tuesday night time in Recreation 3.

The Rangers, whose loss at Seattle on the final day of the common season made them a wildcard group as a substitute of the AL West champions, have since gained all 5 of their postseason video games. They’re going to the ALCS for the primary time since 2011.

“I noticed a group that was actually motivated,” stated Bochy, who managed San Francisco to 3 World Collection titles from 2010-14. “The offense, everyone was doing one thing to contribute.”

In Minneapolis, José Abreu hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning in opposition to Sonny Grey and piled on with a two-run shot within the ninth, powering the Astros to a 9-1 victory that gave them a 2-1 lead over Minnesota of their ALDS.

Alvarez hit his fourth residence run in three video games and Alex Bregman had a homer and an RBI single for the defending World Collection champions, who moved inside one win of a seventh consecutive AL Championship Collection look.

Cristian Javier struck out 9 in 5 scoreless innings for the win.

Recreation 4 is on Wednesday at Goal Subject, with José Urquidy beginning for the Astros in opposition to Joe Ryan. A decisive Recreation 5 could be on Friday in Houston.

Arizona also can advance on Wednesday because the wildcard Diamondbacks strive for a surprising sweep of the 100-win Los Angeles Dodgers when their NL Division Collection shifts to Phoenix for Recreation 3. It is going to be Arizona’s first residence sport this postseason, after opening 4-0 on the street.

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Atlanta play at Philadelphia within the different NLDS, with that best-of-five collection tied at one sport apiece.

Except the NL East champion Braves go together with an opener out of the bullpen – which supervisor Brian Snitker stated is an choice – it seems both 12-game winner Bryce Elder or 20-year-old rookie AJ Smith-Shawver will get the nod in opposition to Aaron Nola.

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