ALCS

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John Tomase
October 17, 2018 - 7:51 pm
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow explained that the team was playing defense, not offense, when it was caught aiming a camera at the Red Sox dugout during Game 1 of the ALCS in Boston. Speaking to reporters ( including Chris Smith of MassLive ) before Game 4 in Houston on Wednesday, Luhnow...
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John Tomase
October 17, 2018 - 7:10 pm
Chris Sale remains too weak in the wake of a stomach ailment to start Thursday's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in Houston, so he'll be pushed back to Game 6 in Boston. The Red Sox might not need a starter for that game if they can win the next two in Houston and take the series...
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Ryan Hannable
October 17, 2018 - 3:47 pm
On Tuesday, a report surfaced of the Astros having an employee removed from a media-credentialed area next to the Red Sox dugout during Game 1 of the ALCS. The employee was taking video of the dugout and texting a lot. This began a string of a few other stories coming out regarding suspicions of...
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Dallas Keuchel
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John Tomase
October 15, 2018 - 3:23 pm
Here's how Game 2 put the Red Sox in the driver's seat in the American League Championship Series: it robbed the Astros of their greatest advantage. Entering the series, the Astros viewed Games 1 and 2 as must-wins every bit as much as the Red Sox, even though they were visiting Fenway Park. That's...
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David Price
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John Tomase
October 15, 2018 - 1:44 am
David Price can't be picky. He may have been pulled from Sunday's victory over the Astros one out shy of qualifying for a victory, but his team got the W. And believe it or not, that's a first. It took 11 playoff starts, but Price can finally say his team won one of them. Price gutted out some jams...
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David Price
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John Tomase
October 14, 2018 - 11:07 am
Here's a sentence no Red Sox fan wants to read: The fate of the season rests in the hands of David Price. Their Game 1 worst-case scenario came to pass when ace Chris Sale couldn't find the plate in a 7-2 loss to the Astros marred by more than a dozen walks and hit batters. And so now New England...
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Lucy Burdge
October 13, 2018 - 3:23 pm
It’s a huge weekend for sports in Boston and all the local teams are rooting for each other. In a video posted to Twitter, the Patriots, who play on Sunday night, wished the Red Sox well on Saturday ahead of Game 1 of the ALCS. Big weekend in Boston. LET'S GO, @RedSox ! #DoDamage pic.twitter.com/...
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John Tomase
October 12, 2018 - 3:56 pm
J.D. Martinez hated facing Chris Sale in Detroit. The White Sox and Tigers would inevitably play a 4 p.m. game in the twilight shadows, and the Tigers would inevitably draw Sale. "And I was, like, 'Dude, this is like a horror film, this is terrible,'" Martinez said on Friday. Then the Red Sox...
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John Tomase
October 12, 2018 - 2:38 pm
A three-game slump in the regular season wouldn't even merit a shrug. A three-game slump in the playoffs means presumptive AL MVP Mookie Betts has to explain what's wrong. Such is life for Betts after a disappointing ALDS against the Yankees that saw him go 3-for-16 with three runs. And though...
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J.D. Martinez
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John Tomase
October 12, 2018 - 2:31 pm
The lowest moment of J.D. Martinez's career may also have been the most important. On March 22, 2014, the Astros released Martinez at the end of spring training. The once-promising prospect had bottomed out after hitting .250 with seven homers in 2013, and the Astros saw no room for him in a young...
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