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Astros clinch home field for ALDS

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The Astros win over the Rangers last night clinched home-field advantage in the ALDS. They will host Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 5 and Game 2 on Oct. 6.

Who they play will be determined by who has the best overall record in the AL, as that team gets to face the winner of the Wild Card game while the division winner with the second best winner hosts the division winner with the third best record. At the moment Houston (97-60) trails Cleveland (98-59) for the top AL seed by one game.

If that holds, it means Houston will host the Boston Red Sox (91-66) in the ALDS. Which would be pretty interesting because the final series of the regular season features the Astros playing the Red Sox in Boston Thursday through Sunday. If they also meet in the playoffs, that means anywhere between seven and nine games against one another in a row.

And, given that the whole Houston-Cleveland thing will not be settled by the time that series begins tomorrow, it’s not like Houston can just mail in the weekend series.

 

 

Report: Angels to acquire Ian Kinsler from the Tigers

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Update (7:51 PM ET): ESPN’s Buster Olney says the deal isn’t final yet. Rosenthal says that any delay on this trade is due to Kinsler’s no-trade clause, but he still expects the deal to happen.

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.

Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.

The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.