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Rangers-Blue Jays ALDS Game 1 Preview

FILE - At left, in an Aug. 26, 2015, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher David Price works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. At right, a July 30, 2015, file photo, Texas Rangers' Yovani Gallardo works against the New York Yankees in a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Price and Gallardo are scheduled to be the starting pitchers in Game 1 of their American League Division Series on Thursday, Oct. 8 in Toronto. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) The Texas Rangers travel north of the border to take on the Toronto Blue Jays for Game One of the American League Divisional Series on Thursday afternoon. The AL East champion Blue Jays (93-69) will be playing in their first playoff game since winning their last World Series championship in 1993. The Blue Jays are 19-11 since the beginning of September. For the AL West champion Rangers (88-74), it is their first postseason appearance since losing in the Wild Card round in 2012 against the Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers are 20-12 since the beginning of September. “Both teams have strong offenses,” said Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. “The two teams basically did the same thing around the trade deadline. We went out and got David Price… both teams have so many top caliber players.” Yovani Gallardo will start on the mound for the Rangers. Gallardo is 13-11 this season with a 3.42 ERA and 121 strikeouts in his first season with the Rangers. Gallardo had a 4.85 ERA in September and has only one victory in his last four starts. On the other side Blue Jays ace David Price will be the starting pitcher; the lefty is 18-5 this season with a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts. Since being traded from Detroit to Toronto in late July, Price is 9-1 in his 11 starts with the Blue Jays, including five straight wins and 87 strikeouts. The Blue Jays are 4-2 against the Rangers this season. Gallardo is 2-0 against the Blue Jays, allowing six hits and zero runs in 13 innings pitched. Price has one start against the Rangers this season, allowing five hits and two earned runs in six innings pitched in a 12-4 victory on Aug. 26.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, left, talks with starting pitcher David Price, right, in the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, left, talks with starting pitcher David Price, right, in the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Both teams will be looking jump one game ahead in the beginning of this best-of-five series. The game

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