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Posted October 09, 2017

The Houston Astros face off against the Boston Red Sox. "We've got to find a way", Ramirez said.

With a victory in Game 3 on Sunday, Houston can advance to a league championship series for the first time since 2005, when it made it to the World Series.

A sweep looks likely the way Houston is hammering Boston, which doesn't look like a team that won 93 games this season.

Pedroia started just 19 of the final 58 Boston regular season games while being placed twice on the team's disabled list due to soreness, swelling and inflammation in left knee. Kluber went 2-0 during the regular season against NY, but didn't face slugger Aaron Judge, who was slumping both times the teams met. CC Sabathia starts for the Yankees - he spent eight seasons with the Indians, who drafted him in 1998 as a 17-year-old. SO FAR in the postseason, he is 5-for-7 with five hits, three home runs, four RBIs and he has a.714 AVG, .778 OBP and a OPS of 2.778.

The stakes: Home teams that win the first two games of a best-of-five series are 38-6 in taking the series, so it's not impossible for the Yankees to pull off a comeback. In eight postseason starts, Fister has gone 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA. "We know getting on the board first is key to that, but we know that we have got to go out and execute". He allowed just two hits in 6 2-3 innings before manager Terry Francona, who chose to start the right-hander over ace Corey Kluber, turned to baseball's best bullpen, using Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen to finish the three-hitter.

Manager John Farrell likes Fister's experience and the way he's throwing the ball lately. Keuchel, who posted a 2.00 ERA over the final three games of the regular season, will look to erase his previous performances against the Red Sox with an impressive outing on the mound this afternoon. Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit back-to-back homers in the first inning; Marwin Gonzalez ripped a two-run double in the fourth; Altuve went deep again in the fifth; Evan Gattis led off the sixth with his second double of the game.

"Everything will be all right", he said, referring to the wrist, not the team's chances. Boston acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox, which proved to be a big boost to them. He went 7 innings, struck out 4 batters, and allowed no runs. I'm sure we'll have a little team meeting just to understand that panicking makes everything worse. Likewise, his sliders, which resulted in many groundball outs last season, haven't been breaking as hard.

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In his last start, Fister faced the Astros on September 29 at Fenway. Mookie Betts, who had a key error in right field in Game 2, is 3-for-8 (with two of the doubles), but leadoff hitter Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-9 and Andrew Benintendi 1-for-8.

We have talked before about this disappearing Boston offense, which gets shut down with surprising frequency.

"That goes without saying", Farrell said. "We need to come out tomorrow and play with a fire".

Correa drew first blood today on the Sox has he took Pomeranz for a ride to make the Astros have a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. "As long as I got it and didn't miss it, I was going to be OK".

"I was upset", he said.

Altuve got started early.

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