Sandy Leon starting in Game 1 for Red Sox

Tanya Simon
October 14, 2018

NOTES: 1B Mitch Moreland, who injured his right hamstring in Game 2 against the Yankees while running the bases, participated in batting practice on Thursday. Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton, the latter of whom didn't even pitch in the division series, give the Astros the best foursome of starters in the postseason.

It will be ace vs. ace in Game 1 of the ALCS here on Saturday night and for one of the two, redemption is a major motivator. "He does a great job of managing and communicating with everybody on what's going on, and I think it showed in this series, and it will be awesome moving forward". There were 108 in all from the regular season, the most in the history of the team. We're here to win.

"Game 1 previous year in the division series, it wasn't a good one for him", Boston manager Alex Cora said.

Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA and 237 strikeouts over his 27 regular season starts. Red Sox players - including a couple that were Cora's teammates when he was with the team from 2005-08 - praised the relatability of their 42-year-old manager after five years with the more traditional and distant John Farrell. "In a sense they did me a favor by allowing me to leave and play on another team".

And so are the Red Sox, thanks to Cora.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman's assessment of his team's flameout to the Red Sox in the ALDS?

"Obviously they had a great team a year ago".

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He was an all-star for the first time in 2015, then made it again this season for the second time.

Apologies to those of you who work nights and weekends but if you fall into that category you probably already knew you'd be missing out on most of the postseason action.

Severino's poor outing could've been due to a shortened warmup, or because he was tipping pitches, which is the most recent theory that has been circulating.

Like many baseball traditionalists, Sale isn't a fan of the bullpen day phenomenon that is filtering it's way through the majors. "They've got some good arms".

"There's a lot of hardware down there", Cora said, nodding to the Red Sox clubhouse.

"I think you either want to be in the moment or you don't", Verlander said on Friday.

"I think it has happened at times", Boone said Friday. The Houston Astros, who had just beaten them in the playoffs, had a bench coach who was just the right fit. "He puts us in all the best positions to succeed and that's why he's getting the best out of everybody".

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