Hanley Ramirez not in Thursday's Game 1 lineup for Boston

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That makes sense for a few reasons. He'd add another homer off of Sale in the fifth inning, giving the Astros a 5-2 cushion.

Yet he is on thin ice heading into Game 3 as the Red Sox look to avoid being swept out of the first-round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Without the ability to score runs with one swing of the bat, the Red Sox are already at a major disadvantage.

"We're the Red Sox. You don't win the series with two wins - you win it with three". "You saw how we attacked (Friday)". In all honesty, it's hard to argue that the Cleveland Indians aren't still the team to beat in the AL, especially after coming back from an 8-3 deficit to take Game 2 of their series against the Yankees, a game in which their ace (and quite possibly this year's Cy Young winner) Corey Kluber lasted just 2.2 frames.

Chris Sale gets written into Jose Altuve's Wikipedia bio after getting roughed up by the Astros star.

Chris Sale had waited for this day for a long time.

"It's possible, yes", he said.

Of the hitters third through seventh in the Yankees order for Game 2, only one failed to record multiple hits. He started having more problems with his right knee in April.

"We couldn't really script it any better", Keuchel said. Becoming the 9th player in history to hit 3 home runs in a single postseason game. But, as we all know, October is a singular contest.

"I would anticipate (Price will) be available tomorrow".

Today's Game 1 will be quickly followed by Game 2 on Friday afternoon, also in Houston. Correa finished the day going 2-for-4 with 4 RBI.

"It's a close-knit group, there's constant conversation that goes on", Farrell said. At the very least, it seems Encarnacion should remain on the roster with hopes of contributing in the AL Championship Series if Cleveland advances. "I take full responsibility for this one". But Thursday morning the Astros chose to leave McHugh off of the roster in favor of Lance McCullers, Jr. who has struggled for most of the second half of the season due to injuries, the thinking seeming to be that McCullers might be better suited to coming out of the bullpen.

Let's just say they didn't hold back again today... I don't see this start as too much to be concerned about, it was his first postseason start. "So he's a hundred percent of what he is right now". Whether it was the loss of David Ortiz or the lack of power or any other theory, people tried to put their finger on the lack of buzz surrounding the team that used to own Boston's hearts and minds for 12 months of every year. "We need everybody in the lineup to do their job".

Manager John Farrell likes Fister's experience and the way he's throwing the ball lately.

"There's a comfort level there, there's a rapport", Farrell said.

MVP candidate Jose Altuve lit up Red Sox pitching in Houston.

The curse-breakers boasted Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling, a horse that said bad leg be damned, I'm running anyways. "To negate their capitalizing on our mistakes, that comes down to pitch execution". When we didn't, they have made us pay.