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Rob Bradford
October 19, 2018 - 4:25 am
HOUSTON -- Just as the media was starting to filter out what had been a jubilant Red Sox' clubhouse following a Game 4 win over the Astros, Craig Kimbrel walked down the long hallway to the manager's office to talk to Alex Cora. Kimbrel had barely hung on to finish off his two-inning stint, having...
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Rob Bradford
October 19, 2018 - 3:50 am
HOUSTON -- There was a lot for Dana LeVangie to celebrate Thursday night. The Red Sox pitching coach had witnessed David Price do what many thought would never be possible, dominate a postseason game in which he started. And to make the picture even prettier for LeVangie was that the six shutout...
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John Tomase
October 19, 2018 - 12:18 am
The Red Sox are heading to the World Series. But before they leave, they want to celebrate Alex Cora's birthday. The manager turned 43 on Thursday and received the ideal gift, a 4-1 victory over the Astros to win the American League Championship Series and earn a berth in the World Series. Watch...
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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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