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Cole struggles in 2nd playoff start with Astros

BOSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole struggled at the beginning of his second playoff start with the Houston Astros. By the time he recovered, it was too late. Boston was well on its way to a big win. Cole’s electric fastball was lined all over Fenway Park and he also committed a costly error in his first career appearance in the ...

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LEADING OFF: Yelich, Brewers face Dodgers, ALCS has day off

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich is heading home for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series with the matchup against the Dodgers tied at 1-all. Yelich, the favorite for NL MVP, was born in Thousand Oaks, California, and went to Westlake High School before he was selected by the ...

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Brewers’ bullpen showing cracks against Dodgers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Told he had the day off after pitching three shutout innings in the NL Championship Series opener, hard-throwing Milwaukee left-hander Josh Hader wasn’t expecting a call to the bullpen. After watching Brewers relievers blow a late three-run lead in Game 2, Hader would have embraced back-to-back outings, high pitch count and all. “Adrenaline can do a lot ...

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Sale, Cora make early exits for Red Sox in ALCS Game 1

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale and manager Alex Cora both made early exits in Boston’s 7-2 loss to Houston in Game 1 of AL Championship Series on Saturday night. Sale lasted just four innings, giving up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter. Cora wasn’t far behind the lanky left-hander going back to the ...

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D-backs to switch from grass to artificial surface

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks are switching from natural grass to an artificial surface in time for the 2019 season. Team president Derrick Hall says the “state-of-art” synthetic grass will be better for players. He also says it will enhance the fan experience because the roof of Chase Field won’t have to be open during the day before night games. ...

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora ejected from Game 1 of ALCS

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager Alex Cora has been ejected from Game 1 of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros for arguing a called third strike in the fifth inning that ended Boston’s first rally of the game. There were two out, two on and two runs already in when Justin Verlander threw a 98 mph fastball ...

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Sale, Cora make early exits for Red Sox in ALCS Game 1

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale and manager Alex Cora both made early exits in Boston’s 7-2 loss to Houston in Game 1 of AL Championship Series on Saturday night. Sale lasted just four innings, giving up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter. Cora wasn’t far behind the lanky left-hander going back to the ...

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Verlander cools off Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of ALCS

BOSTON (AP) — With temperatures dipping into the 40s, numbing their fingertips as they tried to grip the baseball, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale both struggled to get the ball over the plate. Verlander recovered quickly. Sale never did. After walking in one run and giving up the tying score on a wild pitch, Verlander struck out Andrew Benintendi on ...

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LEADING OFF: Red Sox seek to clean things up vs Astros

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: TRY AGAIN The Red Sox send David Price to the mound for Game 2 of their AL Championship Series against Houston hoping for a bounce-back performance from the entire club. Price hasn’t pitched since allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings in a Game 2 Division Series loss to the Yankees. ...

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