Healthy Sale will rejoin Red Sox

Healthy Sale will rejoin Red Sox

Correa's RBI single on a 100 miles per hour from Kelly, who took the loss, put the Astros ahead 3-2. It's only a game of inches when there is balance in that distribution; when that outlay appears skewed, frustration can manifest. With a 2-1 lead in games, Boston has ensured that this series will return to Fenway Park for a Game 6 - unless the Red Sox can win out in Games 4 and 5.

Nathan Eovaldi, the Red Sox starter for Game 3, said team members were surprised when they heard about Sale being in a hospital. Center fielder George Springer almost made a leaping catch, but the ball glanced off his glove. Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes have all worked multiple innings ahead of Craig Kimbrel in the playoffs and could do the same here.

The disputed call came in the bottom of the inning when umpires ruled a fan interfered with Betts as he tried to snag Altuve's drive above the right-field wall.

"I blacked out", said leftfielder Andrew Benintendi. "They called an out".

"He was big for us down the stretch and just a guy that we have all the confidence in the world in whenever he's on the mound", said Brock Holt, who led the Boston attack that night in the Bronx with the first cycle in postseason history.

In a rematch of last year's Division Series opener, when the Astros hit consecutive first-inning homers and pounded Sale for seven runs in all, Verlander improved to 13-2 in the AL playoffs. That advantage was short-lived.

When players for both teams were introduced before the first series game in Houston, Sale lined up with the Red Sox along the third-base line.

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Boston trailed by one with two outs in the sixth when Christian Vazquez doubled to deep right-center. The flame-throwing James averaged 99.4 miles per hour over 23 fastballs. With AP Photos.Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is back with the team and has indicated to manager Alex Cora he feels well enough to pitch.

"I'm very proud of him, what he's done in the second part of the season and what he's done tonight and in this series". He keeps working on his craft, his swing. "Now he hits the ball in the air".

Never warmly embraced since his controversial deal here by the Jays in late July - in the aftermath of a 75-game suspension for violation of MLB's domestic violence policy - Osuna was heartily booed after Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a grand slam to extend the Sox lead to six runs. He also threw two wild pitches in his first outing for the Astros since the regular-season finale on September 30. Benintendi reeled in the ball with a perfectly timed diving catch, a walk-off web gem. "It wins games like it did today". Perhaps it takes one to know one. "We're all athletes that give effort".

The Red Sox are clicking offensively, but if there's one guy who can slow them down, it's Verlander.

While it's yet to be proven if the Astros were doing anything illegal, the two incidents have raised further questions about the use of electronic equipment during games and whether Houston has been cheating.

Well, Boston manager Alex Cora has found one. "It's been relentless since March since we first saw them in spring training". You see a lot of pitchers and catchers get crossed up now - it's insane.

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