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Despite warming up in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday, David Price will start Thursday's Game 5 against the Astros, manager Alex Cora said.

It doesn't seem fair to Price, given that he'd be on short rest Thursday even if not for Wednesday's extended bullpen session, but the Red Sox are really low on options. It's doubtful that they'll ask him to go deep before turning the ball over to Eduardo Rodriguez and company.
Oct 18 - 1:55 AM

Craig Kimbrel escaped with his first ever two-inning save Wednesday, giving up a run while getting six outs against the Astros.

Kimbrel couldn't possibly have been any shakier. His first out came when Tony Kemp was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double to start the eighth. He went on to hit a batter and allow a run in the inning anyway. In the ninth, with David Price warming up behind him, he walked three to load the bases for Alex Bregman with two outs. Bregman then hit a hard liner to left on which Andrew Benintendi made a fantastic catch, giving the Red Sox an 8-6 win. Boston will take a 3-1 lead into Thursday's Game 5.
Oct 18 - 1:33 AM

Rick Porcello struggled through four innings Wednesday, giving up four runs to the Astros.

If not for Chris Sale's illness, Porcello probably would have been lifted in the third tonight, rather than allowed to go four. It all worked out for Boston in the end, but Porcello never really had it at any point. He gave up two homers and could have easily allowed a third on Jose Altuve's first-inning shot that was ruled crowd interference.
Oct 18 - 1:28 AM

Charlie Morton was lifted after allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in his start against the Red Sox.

Morton just hasn't been quite the same since August, and the little bit of decline in his stuff was enough to allow the Red Sox to do some damage against him tonight. He'll probably be available out of the pen if the series makes it back to Boston this weekend, but odds are that he won't be used again in the ALCS.
Oct 18 - 1:26 AM

Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and reached four times from the ninth spot in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Bradley's two-run homer in the sixth gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. He has nine RBI in the series against Houston, even though he has just three hits. Dating back to last year, he has three homers and 14 RBI in eight postseason games against the Astros.
Oct 18 - 1:24 AM

Tony Kemp went 2-for-3 with a homer and two walks against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

One of the lingering memories from Game 4 will be Kemp getting thrown out trying for a double to start the bottom of the eighth against Craig Kimbrel, but it took an absolutely ridiculous effort from Mookie Betts to pull that off and it shouldn't take away from Kemp's stellar showing at the plate. The Astros could have returned him to the bench with Jose Altuve set to play second base on Thursday, but they'll have to keep him in the lineup now.
Oct 18 - 1:22 AM

George Springer went 3-for-4 with a homer Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Springer was taken out of the leadoff spot and used in the two hole tonight, but it certainly wasn't for anything he's done wrong. He is 7-for-17 with five RBI in the ALCS after going 6-for-14 with three homers in the ALDS against the Indians.
Oct 18 - 1:21 AM

Clayton Kershaw limited the Brewers to one run in seven innings and struck out nine as the Dodgers won 5-2 on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS.

Kershaw nearly came out after five, but the Dodgers opted to leave him in to bat after Austin Barnes singled in a run to tie the game at 1-1. Kershaw did some of his best work afterwards, and departed a 5-1 game after walking and scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh. It was a big rebound for him after he gave up five runs -- four earned -- over three-plus innings in a Game 1 loss.
Oct 17 - 8:54 PM

After taking over in the first, Brandon Woodruff allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

The Brewers asked for more than expected from Woodruff after the long game Tuesday, but it didn't pay off; after getting through four scoreless, Woodruff was charged with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth. He was very impressive before that, and he struck out eight in what was his longest outing in the majors this year.
Oct 17 - 8:51 PM

Yasiel Puig had an RBI single and a double off the bench Wednesday against the Brewers.

Puig didn't start with the Brewers initially using Wade Miley, and he also didn't enter immediately after Brandon Woodruff came on; the Dodgers waited until the sixth to have him bat for Enrique Hernandez. The move paid off, and Puig is now 7-for-22 with five walks in the postseason.
Oct 17 - 8:49 PM

Christian Yelich went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, leaving him 3-for-20 against the Dodgers in the NLCS.

It's been a tough week for Yelich on the heels of a nice NLDS in which he went 2-for-8 with a homer and six walks in the three-game sweep. The likely NL MVP has yet to pick up an extra-base hit or drive in a run versus the Dodgers.
Oct 17 - 8:46 PM

Curtis Granderson suffered a chipped tooth on a slide in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game, but remained in the contest.

Granderson was hurt when his helmet came off and hit him in the mouth as he was performing a head-first slide into second. He'll likely be available off the bench in Game 6 after a dental appointment.
Oct 17 - 8:43 PM

Jose Altuve is set to return to second base on Thursday after DHing for a second straight game Wednesday.

Altuve is bothered by a sore right knee. With Altuve DHing, the Astros have used Tony Kemp in left field and Marwin Gonzalez at second base the last two days. Tyler White has been sent to the bench.
Oct 17 - 7:14 PM

David Price will be available to pitch in relief in Wednesday's Game 4, manager Alex Cora said.

Price could start Friday if he doesn't pitch tonight. It's possible he could pitch out of the pen for the rest of the series, depending on how things work out. Chris Sale appears likely to start Game 6, and Nathan Eovaldi, who has been more impressive than Price of late, would be available to work in Game 7 on normal rest.
Oct 17 - 6:19 PM

Chris Sale will not start Thursday's ALCS Game 5 after spending time in the hospital with an illness.

It sounds like Sale will be good for Saturday's Game 6, but he's too weak to pitch Thursday. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez and David Price are possibilities to start Game 5. Price would be on three days' rest after starting Game 2.
Oct 17 - 6:14 PM



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