Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Wednesday afternoon that the left-hander will start Sunday night against the Astros, and as expected, Chris Sale will start Game 1. Boston did so with class, pure joy and a hint of pettiness.
CC Sabathia took his questions, he provided his answers, he spoke of his pitching performance in the Yankees' 4-3 season-ending loss to the Red Sox, of his 10 years with the Yankees, and then he made it his turn. But not only did they pop bottles-they did so to Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York". Price's postseason ERA as a starter is 6.03, and he has allowed 13 home runs in 59⅔ innings.
A lanky, bearded 29-year-old right-hander, Porcello lived a traffic jam from Yankee Stadium in Chester, New Jersey, and is a 2007 graduate of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange - the baseball field there was renamed in his honour last year after he helped fund artificial turf and pro-style dugouts. Steve Pearce sliced a cutter into right-centre to put runners at the corners and Martinez hit a third-inning sacrifice fly for second straight night, giving him six RBIs in the series. He pitched 6.1 innings of two-run ball against Houston on Sep.
With David Robertson starting to warm up, Kinsler hit a two-out double over a leaping Gardner for a 2-0 lead and Nunez singled on the next pitch for his first RBI of the postseason. "I thought Angel Hernandez called a good game", he told reporters, per James Wagner of the New York Times. "He was bad at first base [in Game 3]".
The left-hander said Hernandez, who had several calls reviewed and overturned at first base in Game 3 the previous day, was "terrible".
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