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The Boston Red Sox Clinch the AL East

06 October 2017, 11:11 | Randolph Howard

Credit The Associated Press John Farrell File

Credit The Associated Press        John Farrell  File

"And the second one is like: 'Wow, what's going on here?"

"No regrets, because everything that we had, everything we had available to us, we accomplished those steps, the way he felt, trying to get another bat back in our lineup that I think we needed", Farrell said. But man, that kid can hit.

Although his efforts didn't lead to a win, having Hanley Ramirez go 2-for-3 with a double is a major positive. He led the majors in strikeouts this season, with 308, the most by any pitcher in 15 years.

For the first time since 2015, the Astros were hosting a playoff game.

But Verlander tossed just 20 pitches total in the fifth and sixth, and by the time right-hander Chris Devenski entered in relief in the seventh the Astros held a commanding five-run lead.

Boston completed the regular season 93-69 and went 45-36 on the road, while Houston is 101-61 and 48-33 at home.

"First off, how good is Jose Altuve?".

"I hope it makes him nervous as can be and he's a mess", Manager A.J. Hinch said, to laughs, before the game.

Then there's the World Series, where plenty of talented National League squads will compete for the title.

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In the previous two seasons, he hit.284 and.292 against them.

Alex Bregman, who was mentioned frequently in the Sale trade rumors last winter, set the tone with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.

The crowd of 43,402, which included Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, waved bright orange towels as Altuve trotted around the bases.

This will be the Red Sox final chance to get back in this game as the Astros are three outs away from taking home a win in Game 1. Four of the extra-base hits came with two strikes, a career high and a stark contrast from the regular season, when he gave up more than one two-strike extra-base hit in only one start.

Steve Politi, NJ Advance Media: The Astros have baseball's best offense this season and will not be intimidated by Boston's power pitchers.

Using Verlander and Keuchel are the obvious choices because they're our two best pitchers right now but the vast depth that we have on the pitching front, we can could rotating guys out of the bullpen like insane. The predictions will be made using a combination of different variables, including pitching matchups, prior history between the two teams, player statistics, home field advantage, and momentum.

However, four of those games came at the end of the season when the Astros went on the road to Boston and dominated their opponents. Heck, Reddick, a left-handed hitter, finished the day with two hits and a walk off of Sale. "It happens (but a) bad time for it to happen". Keys for the Red Sox on the series for the offense should be ambush early and don't let the starter settle in. He pulled up running to first base on a groundout in the first inning before falling to the ground.

Nunez injured his knee on a slide in September and missed two weeks, before returning for one game and re-aggravating the injury.



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