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Royals take 2-0 lead in the third inning of ALCS Game 1


Update (9:32 PM EDT): Salvador Perez tacked on in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run off of Estrada. It’s his third home run this post-season.


The Royals used a pair of doubles to break a scoreless tie against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada in the third inning of ALCS game 1. Alex Gordon led off the inning with a line drive double to right field. After Alex Rios struck out, Alcides Escobar brought Gordon home with a double of his own to right field. Cain brought Escobar in with a two-out single to right field to make it 2-0.

Cain has a 10-game playoff hitting streak. He was last held hitless in Game 3 of last year’s World Series against the Giants. Escobar, who is 2-for-2 thus far on Friday night, is on a five-game playoff hitting streak.

Royals starter Edinson Volquez has held the Blue Jays hitless with two walks and a strikeout over three innings. He is looking to complete the sixth inning of a post-season game for the first time in his career.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.