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Post-season Gameday Thread, #12: Let's play two!

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Thanks to yesterday's rainout, there will be two games today and two games tomorrow. Get the snacks...

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1:07pm Arizona time, Fox: series tied 1-1

John Lackey
RHP, 1-0, 1.29
Tim Hudson
RHP, 0-0, 1.23
Matt Carpenter - 3B Gregor Blanco - CF
Jon Jay - CF Joe Panik - 2B
Matt Holliday - LF Buster Posey - C
Matt Adams - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Jhonny Peralta - SS Hunter Pence - RF
A.J. Pierzynski - C Brandon Belt - 1B
Kolten Wong - 2B Travis Ishikawa - LF
Randal Grichuk - RF Brandon Crawford - SS
John Lackey - RHP Tim Hudson - RHP

The National League Championship series moves to San Francisco: St. Louis may only have gained a split of the series at home, but winning the second game on Kolten Wong's walk-off might have given them a bit of momentum. How much of that will have survived the off-day, however... The Cardinals are going to have to do it without Yadier Molina, who is suffering from an oblique strain. Molina has appeared 86 games in the post-season: that's in the top 10 of all time, and trails only Jorge Posada among catchers, so his absence will certainly be a blow to the Cardinals, though Pierzynski and Lackey are familiar with each other from their time in Boston. .

5:07pm Arizona time, TBS: Royals lead 2-0

Wei-Yin Chen
LHP, 0-0, 12.27
Jeremy Guthrie
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Nick Markakis - RF Alcides Escobar - SS
Alejandro De Aza - LF Norichika Aoki - RF
Adam Jones - CF Lorenzo Cain - CF
Nelson Cruz - DH Eric Hosmer - 1B
Steve Pearce - 1B Billy Butler - DH
J.J. Hardy - SS Alex Gordon - LF
Ryan Flaherty - 3B Salvador Perez - C
Nick Hundley - C Omar Infante - 2B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Mike Moustakas - 3B

Yesterday's game was an early wash-out as the rain came down heavily in Kansas City, but the forecast for this afternoon's contest is a great deal more promising. Not that this will help the Orioles, who face a stark situation: in the 29 years there has been a seven-game Championship Series, no team has dropped the first two games at home and still reached the World Series. For them, it's very much a case of winning one tonight, and then taking things from there, because they can't win the ALCS in one swing of the bat. But if they go down again this evening... Well, stick a fork in the Orioles, because they're basically done.