Playoff Reset: NLCS takes center stage

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It’s a travel day on the American League side of things, so all of the focus will be on Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night in St. Louis. Let’s preview the action …

The Game: San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals, National League Championship Series Game 2
The Time: 8:00 PM Eastern
The Place: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
The Channel: FOX Sports 1
The Starters: Jake Peavy vs. Lance Lynn
The Upshot: The Cardinals were dominated by Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 on Saturday night and will need to generate some offense against Peavy to even things up in this best-of-seven NLCS before the series shifts to San Francisco. Peavy was fantastic down the stretch for the Giants in the regular season and he tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his one NLDS start against the Nationals. Can he keep it rolling? Lynn had two rough outings versus San Francisco in the 2012 NLCS, but he’s a much more confident and effective pitcher now, coming off a breakout regular season (2.72 ERA, 181 strikeouts in 203 2/3 innings). Peavy and Lynn both pitch with a ton of visible emotion. Look for some good screaming in this one.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.