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Blue Jays pitchers Price, Stroman to open 1st 2 games of ALDS

Toronto ace David Price will face Texas' Yovani Gallardo in Game 1 of the American League Division Series while Marcus Stroman takes on Cole Hamels in Game 2.

Series with Rangers begins in Toronto on Thursday

David Price, right, and Marcus Stroman highlight the pitching rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays in their playoff series with the Texas Rangers. (The Canadian Press)

Toronto Blue Jays ace David Price will face Texas Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo in Game 1 of the American League Division Series while Marcus Stroman takes on Cole Hamels in Game 2.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister announced only his first two starters.

Toronto manager John Gibbons had already confirmed Price would start Game 1 at the Rogers Centre on Thursday. Stroman used social media to fill in the gap for Game 2.

According to reports, Marco Estrada will start Game 3 on the road in Texas and R.A. Dickey would follow in Game 4, if necessary. 

Hamels, the Rangers' marquee pitcher, threw a complete game Sunday in Texas' regular-season finale, a 9-2 win over the Angels that clinched the AL West title.

The Rangers have won their past 10 games started by Hamels, who is 7-1 in 12 starts since being acquired from Philadelphia in late July.

The two Texas pitchers have fared differently against the Jays in a limited number of meetings

Gallardo (13-11, 3.42 ERA) won both of his starts this season against Toronto, pitching 13 2/3 scoreless innings. Toronto managed just six hits while batting 136 against him.

Gallardo is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA all-time against the Jays.

Hamels is 0-2 with a career 6.97 ERA in four starts against the Jays. On the plus side, his post-season ERA is 3.09 against all-teams.

With files from CBC Sports

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