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The Boston Red Sox are sitting at home awaiting their opponent for the 2018 World Series.Boston dominated the Houston Astros over five
games in the American League Championship Series to secure its berth in the Fall
Classic against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers.The Red Sox
are in an ideal position Carlos Carrasco Jersey , as they'll be more rested for the World Series and get to start the best-of-seven series at Fenway Park.Outside of the facts
mentioned above, we don't know much about what will take place during the
series, but we'll find out more as soon as Friday if the Dodgers close out the
NLCS in Milwaukee. 2018 World Series ScheduleGame 1:Tuesday, October 23 (Time
TBD, Fox)Game 2:Wednesday, October 24 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 3:Friday, October 26
(Time TBD, Fox)Game 4:Saturday, October 27 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 5:Sunday, October
28 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 6:Tuesday, October 30 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 7:Wednesday,
October 31 (Time TBD Roy Oswalt Jersey , Fox)Known InfoRed Sox Will Be Fresh Entering World SeriesAfter clinching the American League pennant Thursday, the Red Sox earned
four valuable days off before beginning the World Series at home.The rest
matters most to the pitching staff, which was managed well in the ALCS by
manager Alex Cora.Chris Sale, who was slated to start Game 6 of the ALCS, is
most likely going to take the ball for Game 1 of the World Series with over a
week of rest.David J. Phillip/Associated PressALCS Game 5 starter David Price
would be in line to start Game 2 for the Red Sox if they keep the same rotation
from the first two postseason series.In that case, Price would be working on
five days of rest, which is something you rarely see in the postseason.The
extended layoff will also benefit the Boston bullpen, and it gives Cora an
opportunity to use Nathan Eovaldi or Rick Porcello in relief during the first
two games of the series.Cora could opt to use his projected starters for Games 3
and 4 for an inning or two of relief, like he did during the ALCS, to bridge the
gap between the starters and closer Craig Kimbrel. Porcello also pitched in
relief during the ALDS against the Yankees.Regardless of which strategy Cora
employs, his pitchers will be fresher than the NL champion, who will have three
days off at most, with at least one of them reserved for travel. Game 7 of the
NLCS would be Saturday night, if necessary. World Series Opens At Fenway
ParkBoston clinched home-field advantage in the World Series because it recorded
the best regular-season record in baseball (108-54).During the regular season,
the Red Sox were 57-24 at Fenway Park, but they were only 2-2 there in the first
two rounds of the postseason.The team did go up against two of the best road
teams in Major League Baseball.Elise Amendola/Associated PressThe Houston Astros
and New York Yankees both had better road marks than the two teams left in the
National League.In their last three World Series appearances http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-carlos-lee-jersey , all of which have resulted in championships, the Sox won all but one of the
first two games at home.Boston took the first two games of the 2004 and 2007
World Series on its way to sweeps of St. Louis and Colorado, while it split
Games 1 and 2 with the Cardinals in 2013 before claiming the title in six
games.If the Red Sox get off to a similar start Tuesday and Wednesday, they'll
enter either Dodger Stadium or Miller Park with a two-game lead and the
opportunity to add to their five road victories in the postseason. Follow Joe on
Twitter, JTansey90. NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox won
their third consecutive AL East championship Thursday night, clinching on enemy
turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees.Betts homered, doubled
twice and drove in five runs, finishing with four hits as the Red Sox overcame
Giancarlo Stanton’s go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr.
hit a tying home run in the seventh and Xander Bogaerts put Boston ahead with a
sacrifice fly.With the best record in baseball and a playoff berth already
secured, Boston (104-49) closed out a once-tight division race with nine games
to spare. J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox, alone in first place since July 2, will
open the postseason at home on Oct. 5 against an opponent to be determined.Never
before had Boston finished in first place three years in a row. The club needs
one victory to match the franchise record held by the 1912 World Series
champions.It took three tries, but these Red Sox finally earned their chance to
celebrate at Yankee Stadium under rookie manager Alex Cora.After starter Eduardo
Rodriguez walked a career-high seven in 3 2/3 innings, knuckleballer Steven
Wright (3-1) worked three shutout innings for the win.Brock Holt also homered
for the Red Sox, and Martinez increased his major league-leading RBI total to
124 in a game that took 4 hours, 2 minutes.Luke Voit hit a two-run homer for New
York. Chad Green (8-3) was the loser.ATHLETICS 21, ANGELS 3OAKLAND J.R. Richard Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien had three hits and a career-high five RBIs, Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in four runs and
Oakland hammered Los Angeles.The Athletics reduced their magic number for
clinching a playoff berth to five. Since June 15, Oakland is a major league-best
58-25.Going into Thursday, Oakland trailed Houston by four games in the AL West,
led Tampa Bay by 5 1/2 games for the second wild card, and was 2 1/2 games
behind the New York Yankees for the first wild card.Catcher Francisco Arcia
pitched the last two innings for the Angels, and also homered in the
ninth.Piscotty was 2 for 3 with a three-run homer. He’s 4 for 6 with two home
runs and nine RBI in his last two games. Matt Chapman was 2 for 4 with a double
and two RBI. He leads the majors with 24 doubles since the All-Star break and
has 41 on the year.Mike Trout hit his 36th home run for the Angels.Edwin Jackson
(6-3) struck out seven and gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball.
Matt Shoemaker (2-2) was the loser.BRAVES 8, PHILLIES 3ATLANTA (AP) — Luca
Duda’s pinch-hit double drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, and
Atlantatook an important step toward winning the NL East by beating
Philadelphia.Atlanta leads the second-place Phillies by 6 1/2 games following
the opening game of the four-game series. The teams close the season with three
games at Philadelphia, but the Phillies need to win at least three of four in
Atlanta to retain hope of making the final series meaningful. The Braves have a
magic number of four over Philadelphia to clinch their first division title
since 2013.Freddie Freeman had two hits and scored two runs. He has eight hits
in his last three games.Tommy Hunter (4-4), the Phillies’ fifth pitcher, gave up
a leadoff double to Dansby Swanson in the seventh. The left-handed hitting Duda
pulled the run-scoring double into the right-field corner, giving Atlanta the
4-3 lead. Jesse Biddle (6-1), the Phillies’ 2010 first-round pick, gave up one
hit while recording two outs in the seventh.BLUE JAYS 9, RAYS 8TORONTO (AP) —
Justin Smoak homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Toronto past
Tampa Bay http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-altuve-jersey , dealing a blow to the Rays‘ wild-card playoff hopes.Smoak hit his 25th homer of
the season and third career walk-off blast. Sergio Romo (3-4) blew his eighth
save in 30 opportunities. David Paulino (1-0) pitched an inning for the victory
as Toronto won for the fourth time in its past five.Trailing 8-2 to begin the
ninth, the Blue Jays roared back to snap Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak.
Tellez hit an RBI double and Danny Jansen chased Jamie Schultz with a three-run
homer. Romo came on and struck out Richard Urena, but pinch hitter Kendrys
Morales singled and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tied it with a two-run homer to left.
Smoak followed with a first pitch drive to right.Jonny Chirinos (5-5) was the
loser.WHITE SOX 5, INDIANS 4, 11 INNINGSCLEVELAND (AP) — Matt Davidson hit a
run-scoring single with two out in the 11th inning to lift Chicago past
Cleveland for the White Sox’s first victory at Progressive Field this season.The
White Sox were outscored 58-19 in dropping their first eight games in Cleveland,
including a 4-1 loss Wednesday when Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam in the
ninth.Yolmer Sanchez doubled off Adam Cimber (0-3) to start the 11th and moved
to third on a groundout. After Avisail Garcia was intentionally walked, Ryan
Cordell struck out before Davidson singled to right.Hector Santiago (6-3)
pitched three scoreless innings. Eric Haase was hit by a pitch to start the
11th, but Santiago retired Fransico Lindor on a fly ball, struck out Michael
Brantley and got Jose Ramirez on a groundout to end the game.TIGERS 11, ROYALS
8DETROIT (AP) — Christin Stewart hit his first two big league homers and drove
in six runs, leading Detroit past Kansas City.Stewart, a September call-up
playing in his 11th game, became the first Tigers rookie to drive in six runs in
a game since Ryan Raburn had seven against the White Sox on July 25, 2007.Six
Tigers had at least two hits and Detroit snapped a seven-game home losing
streak. Kansas City has lost five in a row. Zac Reininger (1-0), the second of
seven Detroit pitchers, picked up his first major league victory. Nicholas
Castellanos also homered for Detroit.Jorge Bonifacio Craig Biggio Jersey , Hunter Dozier and Adalberto Mondesi homered for Kansas City. Jorge Lopez (2-5) gave up seven runs without getting an out in the
second.METS 5, NATIONALS 4, 12 INNINGSWASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Lobaton hit a
go-ahead sacrifice fly against his former team in the 12th inning and New Yorks
beat Washington.Lobaton, who spent the previous four years in Washington before
signing with the Mets in December, lofted a one-out fly ball off Jefry Rodriguez
(3-3) with the bases loaded to score Amed Rosario.Jacob Rhame (1-2) worked two
scoreless innings, and Paul Sewald pitched the 12th for his second
save.Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected in the 12th for arguing home
plate umpire D.J. Reyburn’s called third strike.Washington starter Max Scherzer
pitched seven innings, allowing three runs while striking out 13. He has 290
strikeouts this year, the most for a National since the franchise relocated from
Montreal before the 2005 season. Scherzer set the previous mark of 284 in
2016.REDS 4, MARLINS 2MIAMI (AP) — Cody Reed won for the first time as a starter
in the majors, and Scooter Gennett homered and doubled to lead Cincinnati past
Miami.Reed (1-2) allowed five hits and struck out six in six shutout innings.
The left-hander joined the starting rotation Aug. 30 and has thrown 11
consecutive scoreless innings.Gennett’s two-run home run in the seventh gave
Cincinnati a 4-0 lead.Jeff Brigham (0-3) was the loser.
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