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Chris Sale could pitch in relief in Game 3

09 October 2017

It could certainly provide Houston Astros fans a rare opportunity to see a game at Fenway Park in some pretty good seats.

Yes, Harper - wearing shoes with "Pray for Las Vegas" written on the side following the recent mass shooting in his hometown - did single in the first inning, but was 0 for 3 in his other at-bats as he tries to regain his timing after returning recently from a long injury layoff.

"We couldn't really script it any better", Keuchel said. Everyone going to the game must be screened through walk-through metal detectors and bags will be checked by trained security staff. Police said there is no credible threat against the game.

But unlike previous year, when the Red Sox chalked up their postseason humiliation largely to the inexperience of their young core, it's more hard to overlook this time that they simply are inferior to the Houston Astros, an offensive juggernaut with better starting pitching.

Hanley Ramirez said the prospect of not winning a single playoff game for two straight years is a label no one in Boston's clubhouse wants to wear. But I do believe with the 'pen that we have and the trust in it, you have to weigh everything in. Boston is 7-1 in those eight games and the ERA the lowest ever by a postseason starter (since the start of championship series in 1969) with at least 50 innings. "I think we are all looking forward to getting on the field here in front of our home fans at Fenway, but as close as our team is, as much conversation that goes on daily, whether it's about what we're now involved in, what the challenge is that we're facing, this has been a close-knit team". He is 1-1 with an 8.53 ERA - three homers in 12 2/3 innings - at Fenway.

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Fister lost to the Astros during that final weekend, but didn't get blasted, allowing three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. His first two home runs came against Red Sox ace Chris Sale, while the third came against reliever Austin Maddox.

Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award victor, known as much for his beard as his devastating sinker, was cheered on by Houston's other famous bearded superstar as Rockets guard James Harden watched from a front-row seat behind home plate.

After yesterday's drubbing, Xander Bogaerts was asked what's at the crux of this five game losing streak. Peacock has a 2.88 ERA and an 8-0 record in 75 road innings.

That strategy paid dividends when Boston left-hander David Price induced Correa to pop out with George Springer on second base and Altuve on first to end the fourth inning. Been humbled along the way, been injured along the way, and just makes it that much more special for me, for sure.

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Let's just say they didn't hold back again today...

Boston plans to stick to its approach - hoping for different results.

"Any mistake that we've made these past two games, they've made us pay for them", Pomeranz said.

"That's the plan", Springer said. That drew a loud chorus of boos from the home crowd, which greeted Altuve with a standing ovation in his first at-bat.

Boston also has recovered from 0-2 starts in the division series to win (1999 and 2003).

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Chris Sale could pitch in relief in Game 3