Change-up made all the difference for David Price

Change-up made all the difference for David Price

Change-up made all the difference for David Price

"I was saying today that - I don't want to pick battles with the media, but I heard somebody today on TV just blasting David", Cora said after the Red Sox finished off the Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory, according to Chris Mason of The Eagle-Tribune.

Cora said before Thursday night's game that the lefty ace was prepared for his next start - either in the ALCS or the World Series opener.

While Eovaldi and the Red Sox head to the Fall Classic, Bregman will have the winter off, perhaps to do some more video work. This year, got some feedback from the start in Houston and feedback from the start here in Fenway and I was like, 'Man, this is the right guy to pitch Game 2.' I am glad he pitched Game 5. But the playoffs are all about matchups and Price has always matched up well with the Astros. While he didn't pitch in 10 days when he entered in Game 3, the lengthy absence isn't entirely to blame for his disaster. "I wish you guys knew what he had to go through to play every day and get himself prepared and then contribute and do well".

But before leaving Minute Maid Park, the Red Sox surrounded the 43-year-old Cora in the clubhouse and heartily sang "happy birthday!"

The Red Sox struck first when Martinez hit his first homer since Game 1 of the ALDS, a solo shot in the third off Justin Verlander.

It made sense for Verlander to take the mound for Game 5, an elimination game for the Astros. Houston was shut out five times in Verlander's starts on its home field in 2018.

And it is all either mental, or the Astros really can't see with the new batter's eye in the outfield.

And then not long after that, they were leading the defending world champion Astros three-games-to-one in the ALCS with a chance to close them out in just five games.

In the first inning for the Houston Astros in Game 4, Jose Altuve was denied a two-run homer after fans reaching for the ball interfered with Mookie Betts attempt to make a leaping catch. Hinch said before the game that last year's MVP was in a lot of pain and basically "playing on one leg". Major League Baseball says before this postseason, teams contacted the commissioner's office about sign stealing and "the inappropriate use of video equipment" - and it wasn't just one team that was the target of those concerns. This is nearly always true. Picked by many to lose to the superior team, Boston emerged victorious and is now headed to the World Series. That has been true for eight of the last 11 as well. It was the first hit and earned run Barnes had allowed this postseason, following 6 1/3 innings of dominance.

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