How can they overcome what appears to be an even matchup?
Bradley belted a grand slam for his second big hit in the AL Championship Series, helping the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 8-2 on Tuesday for a 2-1 series lead.
The View from the Dugout starts about 15 minutes before the first pitch of every game, home or away, and then again right after the game ends.
Well, Boston manager Alex Cora has found one. Back in 2015, the Royals believed the Blue Jays were stealing signs during the 2015 ALCS (to say nothing of the infamous "man in white" conspiracy in Toronto a few years prior).
A man who claimed to be an Astros employee was caught without a credential in the media area outside of the Red Sox dugout at Fenway Park. He now has nine RBIs through four games.
Houston's Carlos Correa, who has struggled with back problems for months, had three hits and two RBIs for his first multihit game this postseason. Moreland has reached base safely in each of his pinch hitting appearances in the series and went through a full workout with his teammates on Monday.
The Red Sox got good news Tuesday when ace Chris Sale was released from a hospital after an overnight stay because of a stomach illness. Porcello has gone back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen this postseason, working in relief in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees before pitching five solid innings and locking up the decision as Boston clinched that series in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium on October 9. He'll be coming back on short rest, but that's something he's done before in his career. The Astros closer got two outs but allowed two singles and plunked consecutive batters to force in a run. Sale's status for a potential Game 5 start against Houston remains undetermined. So the Astros have that going for them. Nevertheless, Eovaldi, whom the Red Sox acquired from the Rays in late July, gave up only two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four - four more than Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, who allowed two runs in five innings.
He was removed from the game for pinch-runner Rafael Devers in the fourth inning because of a sore ankle. Hinch made the change with the Astros trailing 2-1 going into Wednesday's matchup. He finished 1-for-2 with the 2-run home run plus two walks. He's just 3 for 17 in the series. After MLB found the Red Sox used electronic devices to steal hand signals from opposing catchers on the Yankees and other teams, the Red Sox filed a complaint alleging the Yankees used a camera from YES Network, co-owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, to relay signs during games. Before the series, Gurriel was 3 for 9 with a double in his career against Price, so he's a good candidate to be the one who steps up. But Boston's top two hitters, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi, haven't had much luck against Verlander. Grandal dropped to 3 for 22 in the playoffs with 10 strikeouts and also committed his third passed ball of the series. "It's one of those that they will handle however they feel is appropriate". Moreover, Price starting for Boston is not ideal given his playoff track record.
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