The internet never forgets. Former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has been covering the 2021 MLB playoffs by resuming his role as a studio analyst for FOX Sports. Last week, Rodriguez was analyzing the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays with David Ortiz, Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt. The gang was discussing a video clip from Game 1, when the Rays were seen eating popcorn in the dugout during the seventh inning of their 5-0 win.
If the Boston Red Sox are going to take down the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game tonight, they’ll need to do it without star slugger J.D. Martinez. Martinez was not included on Boston’s roster for the AL Wild Card Game due to a sprained left ankle. He suffered the injury in the fifth inning of Boston’s regular-season finale on Sunday.
The New York Yankees flamed out of the 2021 MLB postseason after getting wrecked by the Boston Red Sox in a 6-2 American League wild-card game loss at Fenway Park on Tuesday. The Yankees crashing and burning against their fiercest rival and despite a luxurious payroll only add fuel to an offseason that’s going to have them answering plenty of questions, including whether the team’s future would still include veteran outfielder Brett Gardner — at least until the end of the 2022 MLB season.
BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Red Sox advanced to the ALCS in dramatic fashion. Now they’ll face the Houston Astros in a rematch of the 2018 American League Championship Series.
Houston advanced after beating the Chicago White Sox in four games in their ALDS series, which concluded Tuesday afternoon with a 10-1 Astros win in Chicago.
The Red Sox will be opening the American League Championship Series on the road, as a result of their spot in the postseason as the Wild Card team. Boston went 2-5 against Houston in the regular season.
Here’s when the ALCS will be played.
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 15, at Houston
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 16, at Houston
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 18, at Fenway Park
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Fenway Park
Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Fenway Park
Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, Oct. 22, at Houston
Game 7 (if necessary): Saturday, Oct. 23, at Houston
Jose Altuve was targeted by Boston Red Sox fans with a profane chant during Game 3 of the ALCS at Fenway Park on Monday night. Red Sox fans could be heard chanting, “f— Altuve” during Game 3. The chants began early in the game, according to reporters in attendance. The chants continued even in the third inning after Altuve was unable to pick a throw that bounced into second while covering the bag.
HOUSTON — The withering attacks from their peers did not stop them. The trash cans tossed on the field, the long, lusty boos, the chants of “Cheater!” from fans coast to coast did not stop them. Perception is that the 2017 Houston Astros were and always will be cheaters, and...
Rodriguez gave up two earned runs on three hits and zero walks while striking out six in five innings Monday against the Rays in Game 4 of the ALDS. While Rodriguez did not factor in the decision, he pitched well enough for Boston to close out the Rays and advance to the ALCS. Boston will face the winner of the series between the Astros and White Sox. Rodriguez could start multiple games in that series.
Devers went 1-for-4 with a grand slam, a walk and a pair of runs scored in Saturday's ALCS Game 2 win over the Astros. Devers was on base for J.D. Martinez's grand slam in the first inning after reaching base on a walk. He extended the Red Sox's lead to eight in the bottom of the second with a grand slam of his own off Jake Odorizzi. He's now homered three times so far this postseason, an impressive performance for a hitter who's playing through a forearm issue.
Dalbec is on the bench for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Friday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Dalbec started Game 1 of the ALDS versus the Rays but was on the bench for the other three games of the series, and he'll remain on the bench for the series opener in Houston. The 26-year-old is 0-for-10 with four strikeouts between in the AL Wild Card Game and the ALDS.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a pair of runs scored in Saturday's ALCS Game 2 win over the Astros. Hernandez just won't stop hitting. He singled and scored on Rafael Devers' grand slam in the second inning and stretched the Red Sox's lead to nine with a solo shot off Jake Odorizzi in the third. He's now homered five times in seven games this postseason while going 16-for-32 at the plate.
Sawamura is on Boston's roster for the ALCS against Houston, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. The righty will be available to make his postseason debut after being left off the roster for the first two rounds. Sawamura appeared in two games against the Astros earlier this season, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks in an inning of relief. He doesn't throw many pitches in the strike zone, which is cause for concern against a talented and disciplined Houston lineup.
Arroyo will start at second base and bat eighth Wednesday in Game 5 of the Red Sox's ALCS matchup with the Astros, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. With Enrique Hernandez moving to center field on a more frequent basis during the postseason and Kyle Schwarber displacing Bobby Dalbec at first base, playing time has opened up for Arroyo at the keystone. Arroyo started in each of the first four games of the series, going 4-for-14 with a home run, a triple and three RBI.
Sale allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out two in 2.2 innings in Friday's loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS. He didn't factor into the decision. Sale gave up a run in the bottom of the first inning Friday but held the Astros scoreless during the remainder of his outing. He's made two starts since the postseason began and has posted a 14.73 ERA and 3.00 WHIP in 3.2 innings. The southpaw tentatively lines up to make his next start at home in Game 5 on Wednesday, but he could be available sooner since he threw just 61 pitches in Game 1.
Robles (0-1) allowed one run on a hit while striking out one in one inning to take the loss against the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday. Robles tossed two scoreless innings across his first two postseason appearances in 2021, but he's now given up three runs in 1.2 innings across his last pair of outings. The right-hander has recorded a 7.36 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 3.2 innings across four relief appearances during the playoffs.
Richards (hamstring) remains off the roster for the ALCS, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Richards was ineligible to return after being removed from the Red Sox's ALDS roster with a strained left hamstring. He'll be allowed to return for the World Series if his teammates advance without him, but whether or not he'll be healthy enough to do so is not yet clear.
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