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ALCS & NLCS Open Thread: Royals @ Orioles (game 2) and Giants @ Cardinals (game 1)

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The LCS opened up last night with an exciting game between the Royals and Orioles. They'll try to follow that up this afternoon with another postseason thriller in game 2 of the ALCS at Camden Yards. Today's contest, which starts at 1:07 PT, will pit Kansas City's Yordano Ventura against Baltimore's Bud Norris. Don't forget, you can always check out Royals Reviewand Camden Chat for coverage throughout the series.

Today's Lineups

Alcides Escobar - SS Nick Markakis - RF
Norichika Aoki - RF Alejandro De Aza - LF
Lorenzo Cain - CF Adam Jones - CF
Eric Hosmer - 1B Nelson Cruz - DH
Billy Butler - DH Steve Pearce - 1B
Alex Gordon - LF J.J. Hardy - SS
Salvador Perez - C Ryan Flaherty - 3B
Omar Infante - 2B Caleb Joseph - C
Mike Moustakas - 3B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Yordano Ventura - RHP Bud Norris - RHP

At 5:07 PT, the NLCS kicks off at Busch Stadium as the Cardinals take on the visiting Giants. Make sure to tune into Fox Sports 1 for the saber-slanted alternate broadcast, which will feature commentary and analysis from a group of in-studio guests including our own Buddy Black. Jbox talked a bit about it here, but you can read more at FSSD.

FS1 to air alternate telecast of NLCS Game 1 featuring Bud Black

Kevin Burkhardt will call the game from the studio alongside Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski, Rob Neyer and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. The broadcast will sometimes use a "double box" to show the commentators and live action at the same time.

Lineups for that game will be added when they become available are below, but you can head over to McCovey Chronicles and Viva El Birdos to see each team's Championship Series 25-man roster and other pre-game coverage.

Today's Lineups

Gregor Blanco - CF Matt Carpenter - 3B
Joe Panik - 2B Randal Grichuk - RF
Buster Posey - C Matt Holliday - LF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Jhonny Peralta - SS
Hunter Pence - RF Matt Adams - 1B
Brandon Belt - 1B Yadier Molina - C
Brandon Crawford - SS Jon Jay - CF
Travis Ishikawa - LF Kolten Wong - 2B
Madison Bumgarner - LHP Adam Wainwright - RHP