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Mookie Bretts and Rafael Devers
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John Tomase
October 18, 2018 - 11:29 pm
As the Red Sox barreled to the conclusion of the greatest regular season in franchise history, the words grew to something between an admonition and a threat: We will ultimately judge you on the playoffs. The 108 wins. The third straight division title. The stomping of every challenger in the...
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John Tomase
October 18, 2018 - 7:38 pm
Alex Cora has one possible explanation for Craig Kimbrel's mystifying struggles this postseason – he's tipping his slider. Kimbrel allowed a run for a fourth straight postseason outing on Wednesday, and it took a diving catch from Andrew Benintendi to keep him from allowing three more in what would...
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John Tomase
October 18, 2018 - 6:22 pm
There's only one way Chris Sale won't start Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday -- if the Red Sox end the series on Thursday, in which case Sale will start Game 1 of the World Series against either the Dodgers or Brewers. Speaking to reporters before Game 5 of the ALCS in...
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Rob Bradford
October 18, 2018 - 4:21 pm
HOUSTON -- Mitch Moreland is making his return to the Red Sox' starting lineup. The first baseman, who hasn't started since injuring his right hamstring in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, is getting the nod against Astros ace Justin Verlander in Game 5 of the American League...
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John Tomase
October 18, 2018 - 11:23 am
I'll admit falling into the trap. The “Astros are the best team in baseball” trap. I believed there was a chance the American League Championship Series would be over by now. The Astros went 21-6 in September and were widely proclaimed to be even better than last year's club that won it all. Say...
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Rob Bradford
October 18, 2018 - 4:50 am
HOUSTON -- The end result was this ... "That’s probably the most excited I’ve been after a catch. I was telling someone, I blacked out. I had no idea what was going on." These were the words of Andrew Benintendi, the player who saved Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox...
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Rob Bradford
October 18, 2018 - 3:22 am
HOUSTON -- It seemed the shelf life on these David Price redemption stories had expired. He was sick of talking about them. We were sick of writing them. The last time we went down this road was prior to Game 2 of the American League Championship Series when Price held a press conference that could...
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Andrew Benintendi
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John Tomase
October 18, 2018 - 2:50 am
Baseball does postseason drama right and everything else wrong. The Red Sox and Astros engaged in a legitimately unforgettable Game 4 on Tuesday night. From the Jose Altuve homer that wasn't to Jackie Bradley's heroics to Andrew Benintendi's insane balls-out catch to end it, Boston's 8-6 victory...
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Rob Bradford
October 18, 2018 - 1:22 am
HOUSTON -- Resilience. Swagger. Luck. Whatever. These Red Sox have owned so many labels when it comes to explaining how they've reached the point in October they find themselves. Wednesday night (and early Thursday morning) Alex Cora's team needed every last quality in Game 4 of the American League...
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Rob Bradford
October 17, 2018 - 9:29 pm
HOUSTON -- It didn't take long for more controversy to surface in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. With one out and a runner on first base in the bottom of the first inning, Jose Altuve lofted a long fly ball to right field. Just as the ball was about to enter the stands Red Sox...
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