Dodgers freeze up in Boston

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The Red Sox will send David Price to the Mound in Game 2. Or will the Red Sox bring glory back to Fenway Park for the first time since, uh, 2013?

"This is the biggest stage in baseball", Price said.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't foresee any problems if the World Series victor is invited to make the traditional visit to the White House. Martinez singled to right, scoring two. And that may be asking a lot.

Price went to Vanderbilt on an academic scholarship and played three seasons before jumping to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008. The Red Sox and the Dodgers have only played 15 games since then, with the Red Sox winning eight.

"When we go to the postseason six times in a row, it becomes that much more evident that we're very fortunate to be on a great team, but we're still missing that ring".

"He's their best and he's probably the best in the game", Red Sox starter Chris Sale said after the game. Not since Don Larsen's 1956 flawless game for the Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers has an AL team retired as many consecutive hitters to finish a World Series game, according to STATS. "Our fans have been there the whole year, just like we've been grinding the whole year, and they've been showing up for us and I think they're just as excited as we are".

Red Sox lefty David Price worked around a two-out walk and got Manny Machado on a popup to end the opening inning. In fact, he looked very good, nearly like he hadn't missed a beat since his dominating effort in Houston that closed out the ALCS. They didn't even use the tiny Fenway Park, which had opened in 1912, instead opting to use the larger Braves Field, home of the Boston Braves, nearby. So I'm happy for that because he deserves it. But so what? The Red Sox won the freaking division with 93 wins in 2016 with Hanley "what in the world are you up to these days" Ramirez starting 133 games at first.

Out of all the offensive threats the Red Sox have mustered this season, this would qualify as one of the most unlikely. Two strikes, they stood up.

"Both teams have the ability to work pitch counts and get pitch counts higher, so you're going to have to go to the 'pen and play matchups", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "We're not swinging the bats well right now". The forecast for Game 3 on Friday in sunny SoCal is 28. Facing a 53-degree temperature at the start of the opener, the Dodgers lost 8-4.

But even if the Dodgers win at least two of three to force the Series back to Boston, they would still have to win at least once at quirky, noisy Fenway.

They may be down 2-0 in the World Series, but the Dodgers are just happy to be heading home.

The cold was especially an issue for Los Angeles reliever Ryan Madson, who complained about the cold after being ineffective on Tuesday and then coughed up some more in Game 2. The Sox sacrificed their Game 3 starter in relief, while the Dodgers gave two innings each to top relievers Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Kenta Maeda.

David Price continues to morph from post-season goat to glory and relievers pitch in with three ideal innings in a 4-2 win. Madson wasn't physically ready for Game 1. "I'm going to make a couple of adjustments and move around a little more, move your knee joints". Think Bob Gibson 50 years ago, pitching a five-hit shutout for St. Louis against Detroit with 17 strikeouts and one walk. The left-hander allowed two runs on three hits in six innings, striking out five and walking three.

For the Dodgers, the X-factor is Matt Kemp. With that in mind, both teams have made a decision to fly Thursday morning.

"It's hard. I mean, I think every person responds differently".

With BT Sports showing the World Series, the match is live for existing customers on their website.

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