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  • Red Sox ace Chris Sale says he's '100 percent' for Game 1 vs. Dodgers

    CBS Sports "Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is slated to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Monday, Sale met with the press and discussed how he feels following his brief stomach-related hospital stay during the American League Championship..." October 22

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • Dodgers players and employees are the latest to cross hotel picket lines in Boston

    SB Nation "While in Boston for the ALDS at the beginning of October, Yankees players crossed a picket linewhile staying at the Ritz-Carlton Boston. As union members themselves, it was an incredibly bad look for the team at the time. Now, the Dodgers have done the same thing while in Boston..." October 22

  • Alex Cora plans to stick with 11 pitchers for Series

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox aren’t going to mess with what’s been working. They’ve gone with 11 pitchers and 14 position players in both rounds of the postseason, and manager Alex Cora said yesterday he probably will do the same thing for the World Series. It got..." October 22

  • Red Sox bullpen was told about 'doubters'

    NBC Sports Boston "The Red Sox are in the 2018 World Series in large part because their bullpen has stepped up in a way that appeared unlikely. Not impossible, but unlikely. Matt Barnes has allowed one earned run in 6 1/3 innings on one hit, a home run. Ryan Brasier has no earned runs in seven innings...." October 22

  • Chris Sale not hospitalized because of belly button ring infection

    Hardball Talk "Amid the hubbub of Saturday’s Game 7 finale between the Dodgers and Brewers, there was some confusion over a statement Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made to the press. Sale was temporarily hospitalized last week with a stomach ailment and later told reporters it was due to a rash he had..." October 21

  • Red Sox favored slightly over Dodgers in World Series

    ESPN "The Boston Red Sox opened as slight favorites to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, according to Las Vegas sports books. Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook set the Red Sox as minus-135 favorites in early betting, with the Dodgers made plus-115 to win the..." October 21

  • LA wins NL, setting up titanic WS with Red Sox

    MLB.com "Corey Seager's elbow blew out, and the Dodgers found a way. The entire starting rotation went on the disabled list, and they found a way. Kenley Jansen's heart raced, and they found a way. They even found a way to overcome a nine-game deficit in the National League West. And on..." October 21

  • Chris Sale Hospitalized for Irritation from Belly Button Ring

    NECN "Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale says he was hospitalized last week because of irritation from a belly button ring, according to Bob Nightengale and Jason Mastrodonato. Sale missed several games of the ALCS as Boston played the Houston Astros. He is set to make his next scheduled..." October 20

  • Red Sox may get creative with Mookie Betts to have J.D. Martinez in lineup on road

    CBS Sports "Saturday night the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will meet in Game 7 of the NLCS at Miller Park. The loser goes home and the winner advances to take on the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Here's how you catch watch NLCS Game 7. The Red Sox beat the Astros in five..." October 20

  • Eric Gagne helped Craig Kimbrel stop tipping his pitches

    Mass Live "When Craig Kimbrel stepped onto the mound with renewed confidence in Game 5 of the ALCS Thursday night, he had a lot of people to thank. The most surprising member of that group? Former Red Sox closer Eric Gagne. Gagne, who last appeared in the majors in 2008, had watched from his..." October 20

  • Bill Belichick won’t even get excited about Red Sox in World Series

    Sportsnaut "Bill Belichick is a man of few words. And if you thought the Boston Red Sox reaching the World Series might prompt more, you’d be sorely mistaken. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe shared the transcript of the New England Patriots coach talking about the American League..." October 20

  • Steven Wright says he's ready to pitch in World Series if needed

    WEEI Boston "In among the champagne celebration stood perhaps the first World Series storyline: Steven Wright. The knuckleballer wasn't a member of the American League Championship Series roster after being taken off the American League Division Series after just one day due to his ailing..." October 19

  • Kimbrel apologizes to Red Sox fans for causing 'heart attacks' during playoffs

    NESN "Craig Kimbrel wants all of New England to know something: He’s sorry. The Boston Red Sox closer has been a roller-coaster ride all postseason, surrendering runs in four of his five appearances and allowing the game-tying or winning run to come to the plate in those same four..." October 19

  • Chris Sale Set To Get Ball For Red Sox In Game 1 Of World Series

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox are awaiting their World Series opponent, but they already know who will get the ball once the Fall Classic begins. Chris Sale is set to go for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Fenway Park against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee..." October 19

  • Boston Red Sox want to be immortalized as greatest team in franchise history

    USA Today "The Boston Red Sox were in no hurry to leave Minute Maid Park on Thursday night, popping champagne in the clubhouse. It doesn’t seem possible that it was just six months ago when they gathered in spring training, and won more games than anyone in Florida. They spent the..." October 19

  • Change-up made all the difference for David Price

    Hardball Talk "Entering Thursday night’s ALCS Game 5, if you had told Red Sox fans both David Priceand Craig Kimbrel would be used, they would have asked, “By how many runs did the Red Sox lose?” Price had a career 5.42 postseason ERA and Kimbrel had allowed runs in all four..." October 19

  • Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. takes home ALCS MVP honors

    Sporting News "How do you spell ALCS MVP? JBJ. Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr., a light-hitting outfielder known for his excellent defense, took home the honor on the strength of two home runs and nine RBIs, including a massive grand slam in Game 3. Bradley hit 13 home runs and drove in..." October 19

  • $217M David Price Finally Shows Up in Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "David Price had no business winning a postseason start for the first time in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. He did anyway, and the Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series. Technically, Boston's $217 million ace went into..." October 19

  • Craig Kimbrel needs to take a seat

    Over The Monster "After the Red Sox hung on to win Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros 8-6, I hope Craig Kimbrel took Andrew Benintendi out to a very fancy Houston restaurant and bought him the most expensive steak dinner available. (Ed. Note: He did say after the game..." October 18

  • The middle of the Red Sox bullpen has gone from liability to a weapon in the postseason

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox are one win away from the American League pennant. The Red Sox beat the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday night (BOS 8, HOU 6) to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Boston can clinch a spot in the World Series with a win against Justin..." October 18

  • Fan involved in Mookie Betts interference play says it's 'about the worst call' he's ever seen

    Boston Globe "Controversy hit Game 4 of the ALCS in the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday night when the Red Sox were awarded an out on a ball Mookie Betts did not catch. It proved to be a pivotal play in the Red Sox’ 8-6 victory. With a runner on first, Jose Altuve sent a Rick Porcello..." October 18

  • MLB could see $1B revenue increase from legalized sports gambling

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball might not be too excited by the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that overturned a nation-wide ban on sports gambling. But as states take it upon themselves to open up sportsbooks in the wake of said ruling, America’s pastime could soon see an..." October 18

  • MLB Must Fix Broken Replay System After Non-Home Run Call Wrecks Astros

    Bleacher Report "How ironic. In a playoff series in which the baseball world buzzed about the Houston Astros' alleged cheating via video surveillance, it may wind up being a lack of video that does them in. The Astros are now clinging to life support, clawing to retain their World..." October 18

  • Kate Upton is very upset over Mookie Betts controversial fan interference play: '[Expletive] call'

    WEEI Boston "Kate Upton, the wife of Justin Verlander, isn't afraid to voice her opinion. With one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the first inning in Game 4 of the ALCS, Jose Altuve hit a long fly ball to right field. Just as the ball was about to enter the..." October 18

  • Joe West explains the fan interference call he clearly blew

    Hardball Talk "One of the biggest plays in a game full of big plays in last night’s Red Sox-Astros game was the call of fan interference that took a home run away from Jose Altuve. Well, actually, it didn’t technically take a home run away, because right field umpire Joe..." October 18

  • David Price will start Game 5 for Red Sox on 3 days' rest

    The Score "With a berth in the World Series on the line, the Boston Red Sox will turn to David Price. Following Boston's 8-6 win over the Houston Astros in Game 4, manager Alex Cora named Price his starting pitcher for Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday night. The..." October 18

  • Dave Dombrowski's deals pay off in October

    Boston Herald "Deep in the heart of Texas, the Red Sox are now deep inside the heads of Houston. There is no other way to portray the Red Sox’ decisive 8-2 victory over the Astros in Game 3 yesterday as anything other than a kick in the teeth to the reigning World Series champs, a truly..." October 17

  • Chris Sale won't start for Red Sox until at least Game 6

    WCVB "Chris Sale will not start Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros on Thursday, ESPN's Buster Olney said. Sale reportedly still feels weak from the stomach issue that put him in the hospital over the weekend. Sale rejoined the Red Sox in..." October 17

  • Alex Cora: Chris Sale says he's 'good enough' to pitch in Game 5

    NBC Sports Boston "Nothing is official just yet, but Chris Sale's chances of starting Game 5 are at least looking more promising. Following the Red Sox' win over the Astros in Game 3, Cora informed reporters that Sale told him he would be "good enough" to take the mound. He..." October 17

  • Report: Astros Accused of Cheating Throughout Playoffs After Being Spotted During First Game of ALCS

    12 Up "Not. Good. News came out during a hotly-contested ALCS Game 3 that during the series' first game, a mysterious man was removed from the media-credentialed area near the Boston dugout.  The man, who did not have any media credentials, claimed to be an Astros..." October 16

  • Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez removed for pinch-runner in 4th inning

    Sporting News "Red Sox third baseman Eduardo Nunez was removed for a pinch-runner in the fourth inning of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday. He was replaced by Rafael Devers. Red Sox manager Alex Cora told the Boston Herald before the game he planned to take Nunez out..." October 16

  • Price, Kemp among Players Choice comeback finalists

    The Score "Finalists were announced Tuesday afternoon for the 2018 Players Choice Awards' Comeback Player of the Year. Consideration is given to players whose careers were stalled by injury or by spending time away from the field. Both the American League and National League have three..." October 16

  • Steve Pearce has strong words for Astros' Bregman over Instagram story

    WEEI Boston "The conversation bubbling to the surface on workout day at Minute Maid Park Monday had little to do with actual baseball. Instead, it was all about Instagram. Following a brief batting practice session leading up to Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox..." October 16

  • Out of hospital, Chris Sale’s next step unknown

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox ace is feeling better, but there’s no plan for when he’ll next pitch. Chris Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital yesterday after spending more than a day there to treat a stomach illness, the details of which have not been..." October 16

  • Alex Cora Explains Decision To Go With Eduardo Nunez Over Rafael Devers In Game 3

    NESN "Rafael Devers, in three postseason games, is 4-for-10 with a couple of RBIs. Yet, when the Boston Red Sox begin Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, the young third baseman will be in an all-too-familiar place: the bench. Red Sox..." October 16

  • Sale to rejoin Red Sox in Houston after release from hospital

    The Score "Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been released from the hospital after being admitted with a stomach illness on Sunday. He will rejoin the team in Houston ahead of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros on Tuesday, according to Ian Browne of..." October 15

  • J.D.: 'Release by Astros made me who I am'

    MLB.com "Fittingly, the journey that J.D. Martinez is on as he tries to win a World Series for the first time in his career will take him to Minute Maid Park this week. Martinez and the Red Sox come to town tied, 1-1, in this American League Championship Series. Games 3 through 5 are in..." October 15

  • Cora: Chris Sale should be fine after stomach illness

    NBC Sports Boston "Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters following Sunday night's ALCS Game 2 win over the Astros that Chris Sale, who checked in to Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday night with a stomach illness, should be fine and is hopeful the staff ace will re-join the team when the..." October 15

  • Nathan Eovaldi to start Game 3 for the Red Sox

    Hardball Talk "Red Sox manager Alex Cora said last night that Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday. Rick Porcello was previously lined up to start that game, but he was used in relief in last night’s game. Not that Eovaldi is chopped liver...." October 15

  • Red Sox should mull moving Price to bullpen after uneven Game 2 start

    The Score "Unfazed by the narrative, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora never agonized about David Price's role for the American League Championship Series, assuring the enigmatic left-hander moments after the club's ALDS-clinching victory in Game 4 against the New York Yankees that he wouldn't..." October 15

  • Red Sox should be concerned about Craig Kimbrel

    Hardball Talk "Craig Kimbrel once again closed out a Red Sox victory in the postseason. Once again, he caused Red Sox fans to gnaw their fingernails down to the bone. The Red Sox defeated the Astros 7-5 in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night, but Kimbrel was just a few feet shy of allowing the Astros..." October 15

  • Gerrit Cole kept missing his spots in ALCS Game 2, and Boston capitalized

    CBS Sports "The very first pitching matchup featuring two No. 1 overall draft picks in postseason history went exactly how we all expected. They both got hit pretty hard. Red Sox left-hander David Price (No. 1 pick in 2007) turned in his latest meh postseason outing in Game 2 of..." October 15

  • Red Sox LHP Chris Sale hospitalized for stomach illness

    ESPN "Red Sox starter Chris Sale was admitted to a local hospital Sunday afternoon because of a stomach illness, the team said. The left-handed pitcher went to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation. According to the Red Sox, he'll be kept there overnight for..." October 15

  • Astros’ Reddick: Chris Sale ‘a lot easier’ to hit when throwing slower

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros were pleasantly surprised to find Chris Sale’s velocity down a few ticks in Game 1 of the ALCS, and they took advantage of the Boston Red Sox ace’s issues. The Astros got Sale out of the game after just four innings in a 7-2 win on Saturday, and..." October 14

  • Red Sox need to bet on Rafael Devers' bat following Eduardo Nunez's defensive miscues in Game 1

    CBS Sports "In a game in which so much went wrong for the Red Sox, third baseman Eduardo Nunez stands out as a primary culprit in Boston's loss to the Astros in ALCS Game 1 on Saturday night (HOU 7, BOS 2). Chris Sale was terrible and Red Sox pitchers allowed 13 free baserunners (10 walks and three hit..." October 14

  • David Price says Red Sox fans have given him ‘good’ support

    Larry Brown Sports "Few players are under more pressure to perform in the postseason than David Price. Price is in his third season with the Boston Red Sox and had a solid regular season, going 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA. However, his career postseason struggles continued, as he took a loss in the ALDS against..." October 14

  • Chris Sale does not wear sleeves in cold weather for odd reason

    Boston "On April 15, Chris Sale braved a frigid 34-degree night to strike out eight Baltimore batters in five dominant innings as the Red Sox beat the Orioles. Although Boston’s ace acknowledged the conditions that night were “miserable,” Sale refused to wear long sleeves under his..." October 14

  • Alex Cora embarrassed after ejection

    Boston Herald "The pitch in question was close, but not egregious. Alex Cora got himself ejected anyways. Cora was tossed for arguing balls and strikes after Justin Verlander’s 98-mph fastball to strike out Andrew Benintendi with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning of the Red..." October 14

  • Red Sox legend Kevin Youkilis to throw out first pitch of Game 1

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox are planning to have a special guest throw out the first pitch of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox and Houston Astros open the ALCS on Saturday in Boston. Both teams have had great players wear their respective uniforms over the years...." October 13