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Red Sox, Astros announce starting pitchers for ALCS Games 1 and 2

11 October 2018

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Aces Justin Verlander and Chris Sale will battle it out Friday in Game 1, while Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole and Sox lefty David Price will take the mound Saturday for Game 2.

"I've been talking about them the whole season, so now we go", said Red Sox rookie manager Alex Cora, Houston's bench coach previous year.

Gary Sanchez came very close to hitting a game-ending grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning last night.

Didi Gregorius singled and Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Luke Voit walked on four pitches, and Kimbrel hit Neil Walker on a leg with a next pitch, forcing in a run that made it 4-2.

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Sabathia continued to express his frustration, adding that it was "sad" that Hernandez was chosen as the umpire for playoff games.

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"He's absolutely awful", Sabathia said.

"Throw it to the bottom of the plate, CC", Porcello said. You have to get it over the right part of the plate to get strikes called. "I thought Angel Hernandez called a good game. That's all I have to say about that".

Playing "New York, New York" had to be in response to Aaron Judge, who blared the song on a portable speaker as he passed by the Red Sox locker room after New York's Game 2 win at Fenway.

Dent's home run over Fenway Park's Green Monster in the 1978 AL East tiebreaker propelled the Yankees to their second straight World Series title, but Boston eliminated its rival in the Bronx in the teams' second straight post-season meeting.

A Yankee Stadium crowd of 49,641 wondered and the Red Sox paused as they watched from the infield in suspended celebration, fixated on the center-field video board.

Right now, the SportsLine Projection Model leans toward a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series.

Red Sox, Astros announce starting pitchers for ALCS Games 1 and 2