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Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins will interview Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde for their managerial vacancy on Monday.

Add another team to the list. Hyde is a hot name at the moment, as Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that he has also interviewed for vacancies with the Rangers and Angels. Hyde has been on the Cubs' staff for the past five seasons, including the last two as bench coach. He also previously served as bench coach with the Marlins.
Oct 15 - 10:08 AM

Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.

Rick Porcello was previously lined up to start Game 3, but he was needed out of the bullpen in Sunday's Game 2 victory. Eovaldi is coming off seven innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts and no walks in his Game 3 start against the Yankees during the ALDS.
Oct 15 - 9:26 AM

Marwin Gonzalez is hopeful he'll be in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Gonzalez crashed into the left field wall while trying to make a catch in the bottom of the third inning, banging up his head and neck in the process. He received treatment and an IV, but was able to remain in the game. The hope is that he'll be ready to go following Monday's off-day. "I'm pretty sore, but nothing that will get me out of the field," said Gonzalez. "Let's see how I wake up tomorrow."
Oct 15 - 8:59 AM

Jackie Bradley delivered a go-ahead three-run double off of Gerrit Cole in the third inning on Sunday, propelling the Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS.

The Red Sox entered the frame trailing 4-2, but things got interesting when Xander Bogaerts lined a one-out single into center and Steve Pearce followed with a double. Rafael Devers then drew a walk to load the bases. After Ian Kinsler struck out for the second out of the inning, Bradley sliced a double into the left field corner to clear the bases and put the Red Sox ahead to stay. They'll now head to Houston with the series knotted up at a game each.
Oct 14 - 10:57 PM

Rafael Devers went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI as the Red Sox topped the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS to even the series at a game apiece.

Devers also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely in three of his four plate appearances. He lined an RBI single into left field in the first inning that increased the Red Sox' advantage to 2-0. With as good of a game as he had in every facet, and with Eduardo Nunez struggling defensively, manager Alex Cora should consider keeping Devers in the lineup for Game 3, even with left-hander Dallas Keuchel on the hill for the Astros.
Oct 14 - 10:57 PM

Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Sunday as the Red Sox defeated the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS.

Bett's run-scoring double off of Tony Sipp in the eighth inning increased the Red Sox' lead to 7-4. It's just the third multi-hit game that Betts has had in his postseason career, and came at a time when the Red Sox needed it most. He's now hitting .250/.357/.375 with three RBI this postseason.
Oct 14 - 10:57 PM

Craig Kimbrel escaped the ninth inning again on Sunday, shutting down the Astros to earn his third save of the postseason.

Kimbrel was shaky his last time out, allowing two runs in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Yankees, and made things interesting again on Sunday. He allowed a two-out double to George Springer and an RBI single to Jose Altuve, bringing Alex Bregman to the plate as the game's tying run. Kimbrel was able to bear down though, getting Bregman on a fly ball to end the ballgame.
Oct 14 - 10:57 PM

Rick Porcello played a pivotal role out of the Red Sox' bullpen on Sunday, working a perfect eighth inning to protect a two-run lead against the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS.

With the Red Sox' bullpen taxed in the first two games of the series, manager Alex Cora needed a bridge in the eighth inning to get the ball to closer Craig Kimbrel, and Porcello was up to the job. He needed just 18 pitches, 15 of them strikes, to retire the side which included strikeouts of Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Correa. He had been scheduled to start Game 3 of the series, but he'll likely swap with Nathan Eovaldi now and pitch in Game 4 instead.
Oct 14 - 10:57 PM

David Price came up one out shy of earning his first postseason victory on Sunday, surrendering four runs on five hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work.

The left-hander walked four and struck out four in the ballgame. After the Red Sox had taken an early 2-0 lead, he gave up two runs in the second inning on a two-run single by George Springer. He then served up a two-run blast to Marwin Gonzalez in the third inning. Price was lifted with a 5-4 lead with two outs in the fifth inning after issuing his second walk of the inning and with Gonzalez strolling to the dish again. Despite the mediocre effort, he walked off the field to a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful. He's likely to get the ball again in a potential Game 6 should the series get that far.
Oct 14 - 10:57 PM

Marwin Gonzalez blasted a two-run homer as the Astros fell to the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night in Boston.

Gonzalez crushed his go-ahead two-run shot off of Red Sox' starter David Price in the third inning, giving the Astros a 4-2 lead. He finished the night 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and is now slashing .381/.435/.619 with seven RBI in the postseason.
Oct 14 - 10:57 PM

Gerrit Cole struggled in a losing effort against the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night, surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits over his six frames.

Cole racked up five strikeouts on the night while issuing a pair of free passes. He ran into trouble early on, giving up a pair of runs in the first inning. The real damage came in the third though, where Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered a three-run double to put the Red Sox ahead for good. Cole will hope for better results in a rematch against David Price in Game 6 should the series last that long.
Oct 14 - 10:57 PM

Chris Sale was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

While the issue is not believed to be severe, Sale will be held overnight for observation. It's unclear if the illness played any role in his performance on Saturday or his uncharacteristically poor command. Look for the Red Sox to provide an update on his status on Monday.
Source: WEEI.com
Oct 14 - 9:35 PM

Astros' manager A.J. Hinch will roll out the same lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Sunday.

If it isn't broke, don't fix it, right? There was some speculation that Brian McCann could work his way into the lineup with the success he's had in his career against David Price, but Martin Maldonado remains behind the dish. Here's how they'll line up behind right-hander Gerrit Cole: George Springer CF, Jose Altuve 2B, Alex Bregman 3B, Yuli Gurriel 1B, Tyler White DH, Marwin Gonzalez LF, Carlos Correa SS, Maldonado C and Josh Reddick RF.
Oct 14 - 4:45 PM

Charlie Morton will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

The Astros will roll out veteran left-hander Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 after Gerrit Cole gets the ball in Game 2. Morton has yet to appear in a game this postseason, but is 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in six career postseason appearances (five starts). Morton struggled in two starts against the Red Sox during the regular season, posting a 6.97 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings.
Oct 14 - 4:40 PM

Astros' manager A.J. Hinch confirmed Sunday that Dallas Keuchel will get the start in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

This had been speculated all along, but is now official. The 30-year-old hurler gave up two runs on five hits over five innings in a victory over the Indians in the ALDS. He's 4-2 lifetime with a 3.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across nine appearances (eight starts) in his postseason career.
Oct 14 - 4:34 PM



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