Red Sox, Astros announce starting pitchers for ALCS Games 1 and 2

Red Sox, Astros announce starting pitchers for ALCS Games 1 and 2

Red Sox, Astros announce starting pitchers for ALCS Games 1 and 2

In defense of Price starting Game 2 against Houston, he made two appearances against the Astros last October, going 6.2 innings of shutout ball out of the bullpen.

The Boston Red Sox were one of those teams. Houston hosted the Red Sox for a four-game series at Minute Maid Park, and then visited Fenway Park for a three-game set. And they'll need to get through the other two to reach the World Series. Walking beside Kimbrel was a police officer, who seemed to notice the can as it flew toward the ground. And, to finally kill the shaky bullpen narrative once and for all, the combination of Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, and Chris Sale retired nine in a row to bridge to Craig Kimbrel - who ended up nearly single-handedly putting that narrative back in play.

A Yankee Stadium crowd of 49,641 wondered and the Red Sox paused as they watched from the infield in suspended celebration, fixated on the center-field video board.

Sox starter Rick Porcello - who tossed five one-run innings with the same strike zone - was quick to fire back. Price was shelled by the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday, lasting just 1 2/3 innings and giving up two home runs in an eventual 6-2 loss.

"These are the type of teams that players want to be on - that I want to be on", said second baseman Ian Kinsler, a midseason acquisition via trade from the Angels.

The Astros knocked the Red Sox out of the postseason last year, the only year the teams have met in the postseason.

Usually when "New York, New York" plays at Yankee Stadium, it means the Yankees won. During Game 3, Hernandez had three calls overturned by replay, which was the latest chapter in a career that has featured plenty of complaints from players on how he calls games. "He was bad at first base". There was occasional barking about his decisions, and Benintendi argued after he was called out on a breaking ball with the bases loaded for the final out of the eighth, a pitch that may have been outside.

More CC Sabathia on Angel Hernandez: "He shouldn't be anywhere near these playoff games". Major League Baseball declined comment, spokesman Mike Teevan said.

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