Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Sanchez, Yanks even ALDS with Red Sox

Sanchez, Yanks even ALDS with Red Sox

The Red Sox left-hander will start Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees on Friday night, one year after he was bombarded by the championship-bound Houston Astros in his playoff debut.

Sale adjusted his preparation because of rain Tuesday, pushing back some of his work to Wednesday so he could pitch off a regular mound instead of in the batting cage. It was Sanchez's sixth career homer off Price, and the catcher added a three-run homer in the seventh.

Sale gave the thumbs-up during a press conference Thursday in Boston. Kelly's saving graces are his 100-mph fastball and his low home-run rate - 0.5 allowed per nine innings - against a NY team that set a major-league record with 267 this season.

AROUND THE BASES Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 against the Astros in Friday's opener of the other ALDS series and prior to the game the Blue Jays finally announced the player the named later in the August 31 deal.

"I do feel that they found something and he's going to be fine", Cora said. "It is what it is".

Alex Bregman, George Springer and Jose Altuve all homered off Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, while Martin Maldonado went deep off reliever Cody Allen. I own it. I accept it. "We've got extended time now to kind of figure out what we need to do and we'll go from there". "And we nearly caught them". "That's all I can do".

They are 7-0 in The Bronx, outscoring their opponents by 28 runs while hitting 11 homers.

7's Kerri Corrado spotted two women sprinkling "fairy dust" outside the famed ballpark about 12 hours before the first pitch of Game 1 of the American League Division Series. He struck out eight and walked two.

"That's what they do, they hit the ball out of the park to the pull side", Cora said of the Yankees. "It's just the separation obviously what makes hitters uncomfortable".

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"We saw it past year", Cora reasoned.

Sale wasn't just a thrower. If his starters can't contain Boston's lineup, putting the team in an early hole, it will be an uphill battle. Sale has spent the past few days attempting to iron out those flaws. Sale had multiple DL stints because of a shoulder injury.

Bases loaded in the sixth inning.

For the Red Sox, the biggest X-factor in Game 2 could be their bullpen.

Happ said getting behind 2-0 in the count to Martinez allowed him to jump on a good pitch. "But it's life. It happens".

"You have to find a way with whatever you have on any given day, and roll with it".

Sabathia is certainly hittable, though he always seems to come up big for the Yankees, starting the team's ALDS clincher previous year and posting a 2.37 ERA in four postseason starts. He's allowed just 70 hits and struck out 130 in that span, which includes 14 starts.

The ace still doesn't look 100 percent, but Sale gritted his teeth and gave the Sox exactly what they'd been missing during their past two postseasons, becoming the first Sox starter to pick up an October win since John Lackey five years ago.

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