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ALCS preview: How the Royals and Blue Jays match up

Josh Donaldson

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson takes infield during a workout on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

(John Sleezer / Kansas City Star)

Keys to the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays:

Last meeting, Royals’ starter Edinson Volquez plunked Josh Donaldson. The benches cleared and Volquez would say Donaldson “was crying like a baby.” Whose style will win? The Royals pitch and run: Lorenzo Cain recently scored from first on a single in 9.3 seconds. They’ve scored 25 postseason runs.

The Blue Jays pitch and mash: Jose Bautista’s recent bat flip may still be airborne. They’ve scored 26 postseason runs. Toronto won the season series 4-3. They’ll likely start off with ace David Price. Kansas City’s ace Johnny Cueto pitched Wednesday and needs rest, but don’t shed a tear — Volquez will start Game 1.

Pick: Blue Jays in six.

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Schedule

Game 1: Friday, 5 p.m.

Toronto (Estrada, 13-8, 3,13) at Kansas City (Volquez, 13-9, 3.55)

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Game 2: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Toronto (Price, 18-5, 2.45) at Kansas City (Ventura, 13-8, 4.08)

Game 3: Monday, 4:30 p.m.

Kansas City (Cueto, 11-13, 3.44) at Toronto (Stroman, 4-0, 1.67)

Game 4: Tuesday, TBA

Kansas City (TBA) at Toronto (Dickey, 11-11, 3.91)

Game 5: Wednesday, TBA*

Kansas City (TBA) at Toronto (TBA)

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Game 6: Oct. 23, TBA*

Toronto (TBA) at Kansas City (TBA)

Game 7: Oct. 24, TBA*

Toronto (TBA) at Kansas City (TBA)

*-if necessary | All times PDT

TV: Game 1 on Ch. 11; all others on FS1.

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Projected lineups

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TORONTO

Pos. | Player | Avg. | HR | RBI

LF | Ben Revere | .306 | 2 | 45

3B | Josh Donaldson | .297 | 41 | 123

RF | Jose Bautista | .250 | 40 | 114

DH | Edwin Encarnacion | .277 | 39 | 111

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | .280 | 17 | 70

1B | Justin Smoak | .226 | 18 | 59

C | Russell Martin | .240 | 23 | 77

2B | Ryan Goins | .250 | 5 | 45

CF | Kevin Pillar | .278 | 12 | 56

KANSAS CITY

Pos. | Player | Avg. | HR | RBI

SS | Alcides Escobar | .257 | 3 | 47

2B | Ben Zobrist | .276 | 13 | 56

CF | Lorenzo Cain | .307 | 16 | 72

1B | Eric Hosmer | .297 | 18 | 93

DH | Kendrys Morales | .290 | 22 | 106

3B | Mike Moustakas | .284 | 22 | 82

C | Salvador Perez | .260 | 21 | 70

LF | Alex Gordon | .271 | 13 | 48

RF | Alex Rios | .255 | 4 | 32


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