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The ALCS Game 1 Thread: Blue Jays @ Royals, 8:07

Here we are at the ALCS between two teams that Orioles fans have no reason to love. There probably won't be a meteor involved in the outcome.

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Night games are going to be unusual sights in this American League Championship Series. The reason for that is a simple one - the National League matchup featuring a team from New York and a team from Chicago is going to get more ratings than the one featuring a team from Canada and a team from Kansas City. Whenever the two championship series are playing on the same day, the AL seems to be getting the shaft.

But for tonight it's just the American League, and that means prime time. Fox is even giving the rare blessing of putting the baseball game on its main network, Fox. None of this Fox Sports 1 stuff, at least for tonight. Heaven forbid that the network airing baseball postseason stuff would put its regular programming on hold if it wants to air games.

I asked earlier today who you would prefer to win, given that one team must win. As of this writing, 56% of the respondents have a slight preference for the Blue Jays. Maybe that's some lingering AL East loyalty or maybe it's residual bad blood as a result of last year's ALCS defeat or any of the various Royals shenanigans this season. But even if the Jays end up winning, we Orioles fans still lose.

Perhaps the best outcome of this series would be a seven game series where the road team wins every game.

Today's Lineups

Ben Revere - LF Alcides Escobar - SS
Josh Donaldson - 3B Ben Zobrist - 2B
Jose Bautista - RF Lorenzo Cain - CF
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Eric Hosmer - 1B
Chris Colabello - 1B Kendrys Morales - DH
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Mike Moustakas - 3B
Dioner Navarro - C Salvador Perez - C
Kevin Pillar - CF Alex Gordon - LF
Ryan Goins - 2B Alex Rios - RF
Marco Estrada - RHP Edinson Volquez - RHP