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McHugh pitches Astros by KC after delay

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has a "soft rule" when it comes to a rain delay during a game: If it lasts about an hour, he'll usually remove his starting pitcher.

Good thing it's not a hard rule.

Hinch opted to keep Collin McHugh on the mound after a 49-minute stoppage Thursday night, and the soft-spoken righty responded with a resounding performance. He shut down the Kansas City Royals over six innings for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL Division Series.


AL Stolen Bases
Rank Name SB
1 J. Altuve, Hou38
2 L. Cain, KC28
3t B. Burns, Oak26
3t J. Dyson, KC26
5t E. Andrus, Tex25
5t D. DeShields, Tex25
5t K. Pillar, Tor25
8 J. Marisnick, Hou24
9 A. Gose, Det23
10t M. Betts, Bos21
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NL Stolen Bases
Rank Name SB
1 D. Gordon, Mia58
2 B. Hamilton, Cin57
3 C. Blackmon, Col43
4 A. Pollock, Ari39
5 S. Marte, Pit30
6 G. Polanco, Pit27
7 J. Segura, Mil25
8t R. Braun, Mil24
8t B. Revere, Phi24
10t J. Heyward, StL23
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