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MLB playoffs 2017 Yankees will start Sonny Gray in Game 1 of ALDS

MLB playoffs 2017 Yankees will start Sonny Gray in Game 1 of ALDS

DOUG FISTER will start Game 3 of the American League division series for the Red Sox, but the Game 4 starter will depend on how the first three games unfold. Recap our complete live updates and get all the stats you need in the provided box score. The Red Sox will start the first game of a 5 game series against the Houston Astros today. "We have a pretty doggone good pitcher in Drew Pomeranz going after it. Turn the page".

President of baseball operations with the Red Sox Dave Dombrowski said recently that Pedroia's situation will have to be managed for the remainder of the second baseman's career. If the Astros do the same, Verlander will take the mound in Boston. "When the (Atlanta) Braves ain't in it, then I'm with the Red Sox in the AL".

"It's likely we carry 11 pitchers so how that combination of guys works best, and does it provide flexibility with a potential starter in Game 4, all those things are being looked a little bit deeper than just the surface at this point", the Red Sox manager said. "They won 22 games in a row recently and I feel like they could make another run this October". Incredible day for the MVP candidate. Kimbrel has been phenomenal all season as there was just one game this entire year that he allowed three hits or more in an outing (Aug. 1 to Cleveland, a game the Sox still managed to win).

Red Sox in four.

Houston will counter with its pitching rotation which was boosted by the acquisition of Justin Verlander midseason.

Chis Sale is pulled from the game.

After clubbing his first two homers to left-center field, Altuve pushed the Houston lead to six runs with his blast to left in the seventh. In fact, Houston was just 21-24 against southpaws.

Verlander allows a hit to Ramirez, but otherwise gets off the bump without issue.

Altuve's second long ball put the Astros up, 5-2, in the fifth inning.

Sale never got into a rhythm and was chased after walking Josh Reddick with no outs in the sixth. Mookie Betts was 6-for-20 with two solo homers. Tie ballgame at 2-2.

Pedey will go 2-4 at the dish tonight with one huge home run. Eduardo Nunez acquired midseason by the Red Sox is versatile as he can play nearly anywhere in the infield, but he too has been nagged by a sprained right knee ligament. The Astros get a man on first but can't capitalize either.

Brewers reliever Anthony Swarzak (6-4) gave up a two-run single to Stephen Piscotty that tied it in the eighth inning and a go-ahead single to Harrison Bader.

Pitching ace Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros play host to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in Game 1 of their American League Division playoffs.

That wasn't the worst-case scenario with Chris Sale. The Astros scored the most runs, have the highest average and had more total bases than any offense in baseball. The whole offseason plan for the Red Sox, the whole reason they brought in not only Sale but also David Price the year before (to lesser effect), was to have the ace starter for this particular moment.

After a most disappointing start in Game 1, the Sale-on-short-rest storyline has already gone away.

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