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Video: Alex Rios hits two-run double, Royals take lead in ALDS Game 5

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Astros starter Collin McHugh looked to be in complete control through the first three innings of Wednesday night’s ALDS Game 5 at Kauffman Stadium, but Eric Hosmer scored Lorenzo Cain from first base in the bottom of the fourth and the train got rolling again in the bottom of the fifth.

Here is Alex Rios‘ go-ahead fifth-inning two-run double that was preceded by a Salvador Perez hit-by-pitch and an Alex Gordon ground-rule shot that hopped up and over the wall in right-center …

That put Kansas City up 3-2 and then Ben Zobrist drove in Rios with a sac fly to make it 4-2. Kansas City is six outs away from a second straight trip to the American League Championship Series.

Matt Harvey told Terry Collins he “wants to be available too” in Game 5 of NLDS

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Jacob deGrom is starting for the Mets in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday evening in Los Angeles and Noah Syndergaard will be available to piggyback deGrom if necessary. There might be another lethal right-hander stationed at the ready in the visitors bullpen at Dodger Stadium …

Mets manager Terry Collins said at his press conference Wednesday in Los Angeles that Matt Harvey told him he “wants to be available too” in Thursday’s loser-goes-home tilt. That word comes from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, who adds that this discussion took place on the team plane from New York to LA.

Harvey was the subject of a very public — and sometimes very nasty — workload controversy over the final month of the regular season and he was to be limited to just one start in the Division Series. But the 26-year-old wants the ball with everything on the line.

If he’s not used Thursday and the Mets still advance, Harvey will likely make two starts in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series against the Cubs.

He allowed three runs — two earned — over five innings in his NLDS Game 3 win.

Justin Turner probable, Yasmani Grandal “50-50” for Game 5 of NLDS

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner made an early exit from Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday night at Citi Field with swelling in his troublesome left knee and catcher Yasmani Grandal has been unavailable since aggravating his nagging left shoulder issue in Game 3.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly addressed both of their statuses Wednesday on the eve of a decisive NLDS Game 5 back in Los Angeles. Via Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA

Turner hit his fourth double of the series in Game 4, setting a new Dodgers franchise record for doubles in a Division Series. He is batting .467 with a 1.233 OPS so far in this best-of-five. Grandal is 1-for-8 with four strikeouts.

A.J. Ellis, who’s 2-for-7, seems likely to catch Game 5 starter Zack Greinke.

New York is throwing right-hander Jacob deGrom.

Video: Roberto Osuna closes out Game 5 win, sending Blue Jays to ALCS

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What were you doing when you were 20?

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was finishing off the Rangers in a decisive ALDS Game 5 with the backing of a rabid home crowd of nearly 50,000 fans.

The rookie right-hander threw 1 2/3 perfect innings on Wednesday evening at Rogers Centre, striking out four of the five batters he faced to protect Toronto’s 6-3 lead. He put the cherry on top of the victory with this nasty 3-2 delivery to pinch-hitter Will Venable

Osuna, a 20-year-old from Juan Jose Rios, Mexico, posted a 2.58 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 75/16 K/BB ratio across 69 2/3 innings during the regular season. And he’s now thrown 5 2/3 hitless and walkless innings in the postseason.

Toronto is headed to the American League Championship Series with a whole lot of mojo.

Video: Jose Bautista puts Blue Jays on top in Game 5 with three-run blast

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So, uh, that controversial call in the top of the seventh inning might not matter one bit.

Toronto’s offense induced three straight errors from the Texas infield to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Josh Donaldson plated the tying run with a fielder’s choice grounder to second base and then Jose Bautista stepped to the plate with chance to put the home team ahead in this decisive ALDS Game 5

More beer cans flew from the stands at Rogers Centre and the benches cleared twice.

Toronto will take a 6-3 lead over Texas into the eighth inning.