right wrist.But even with Trout in the lineup, Los Angeles would have had a tough time against Kluber. The right-hander

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right wrist.But even with Trout in the lineup, Los Angeles would have had a tough time against Kluber. The right-hander

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The Boston Red Sox may have a firm grip on the American League Championship Series as they take a 3-1 lead into Thursday's Game 5 at Minute Maid Park Jeff Mathis Jersey , but nobody should be writing off the Houston Astros.The Red Sox picked up an 8-2 victory in Game 3, assuring the team would be in no worse a position than taking the series back to Fenway Park for Game 6. Wednesday night's epic 8-6 victory has put the Sox one win from reaching the World Series, which they last won in 2013.The Astros are sending ace Justin Verlander to the mound in Game 5, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:09 p.m. ET, and he has already beaten the Red Sox in Game 1 of the series.98.5 The Sports Hub 985TheSportsHubDavid Price, after warming in the bullpen late in Game 4, will start Game 5 on three days rest. CwcJVZjiojDavid Price will start for Boston on three days' rest. That hasn't been the normal way of doing things in the major leagues since the mid-1970s, when a majority of teams would go with four starting pitchers throughout the 162-game season.Chris Sale, Boston's Game 1 starter, is likely to get the ball in Game 6, but he has shoulder issues and spent a night in the hospital earlier this week with a stomach problem, so his start is not guaranteed.Price was ready to come into Game 4 when Boston closer Craig Kimbrel had control issues. Price was in the bullpen and throwing, and manager Alex Cora could have called on him.Even though Price got lathered up Wednesday and threw a number of warm-up pitches, he says he will be able to pitch Thursday night."I don't count those (bullpen pitches). I don't know," Price said, per Chad Finn of the Boston Globe. "The first ones are just to get loose http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , and if we would have scored two in the top of the ninth, I would have went out there for the ninth inning, and they got pretty close. I think it was [Josh] Reddick that made a good play in right [robbing Mookie Betts], so I was ready."The Astros are minus-200 favorites (bet $200 to win $100) to win Game 5 and send the seriesback to Boston, while the Red Sox are plus-170 underdogs, per OddsShark. PredictionVerlander should be his usual dominant self on the mound, and Price should also be effective, although not quite as good.The game will be close throughout, and Boston's advantageous position will allow them to play in a relaxed state. They may have the lead late in the game, but the Astros will figure it out this time and send the series back to Boston for Game 6.ALCS ScheduleGame 1: Astros 7,Red Sox 2Game 2: Red Sox 7, Astros 5Game 3: Red Sox 8, Astros 2Game 4: Red Sox 8, Astros 6; Red Sox lead, 3-1Game 5: Red Sox at Astros; Thursday, Oct. 18 Babe Ruth Jersey , at 8:09p.m. ET on TBS*Game 6: Astros at Red Sox; Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5:09p.m. ET on TBS*Game 7: Astros at Red Sox; Sunday, Oct. 21, at 7:39p.m. ET on TBS*if necessaryMLB Stat of the Day MLBStatoftheDayWade Miley will be the first pitcher to start consecutive #postseason games in a series since George Earnshaw in the 1930 #WorldSeries. QzHqs3E6nUNational League Championship SeriesThe Milwaukee Brewers had given up one run in the first 21 innings played at Dodgers Stadium in Games 3 and 4, and it appeared they were just one or two hits away from taking a commanding 3-1 lead.However, Los Angeles scratched out a run in the bottom of the 13th inning in Game 4 to tie the series and then won Game 5 behind a powerful effort by Clayton Kershaw. As a result, the Dodgers go into Game 6 at Miller Park in Milwaukee with a chance to win their second straight National League pennant.The Dodgers will sendHyun-Jin Ryu to the mound on Friday, while the Brewers will start Game 5 starter Wade Miley.That is not a misprint or an error. Miley pitched to leadoff hitter Cody Bellinger and walked him to start Game 5, then Craig Counsell subsequently pulled him from the game. The manager said that was his original plan and that he wanted to vary from standard operating procedures.Regardless, the Brewers need to find a way to score more runs after they were held to three in the last 22 innings in L.A.Game 6 is scheduled for 8:39 p.m. ET and will be televised by FS1. If the Brewers win and force a Game 7, it will be played at 9:09 p.m. Saturday and also be broadcast by FS1.The Dodgers are minus-120 favorites to close out the NLCS in six games, while the Brewers are even money (plus-100) to force a seventh game. PredictionMilwaukee's bats have gone to sleep, but the return to Cheeseland should help the team find a way to even the series and get to a seventh game.Look for likely regular-season MVP Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain to lead the way as the Brewers square the series and force the Dodgers to play a winner-take-all final game. NLCS ScheduleGame 1: Brewers 6, Dodgers 5Game 2: Dodgers 4, Brewers 3Game 3: Brewers 4 http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dale-murphy-jersey , Dodgers 0Game 4: Dodgers 2, Brewers 1 (13 innings)Game 5: Dodgers 5, Brewers 2; Dodgers lead, 3-2Game 6: Dodgers at Brewers; Friday, Oct. 19, at 8:39p.m. ET on FS1*Game 7: Dodgers at Brewers; Saturday, Oct. 20, at 9:09p.m. ET on FS1*if necessary CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber appears to be over whatever was making him look ordinary.The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout this season and new arrival Leonys Martin homered again for Cleveland, leading the Indians to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.Kluber (14-6) got better as the game went on, and his performance eased any concerns the Indians had about the star right-hander. Kluber had lost two of his three previous starts and received an injection in his right knee before the All-Star break. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out seven.He’s back.“It’s wonderful,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “It seemed like he was in command the entire night, and early on we weren’t doing anything offensively, so it wasn’t like he had a cushion to pitch with.”Kluber matched zeros for five innings against Felix Pena (1-3), who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Martin hit a leadoff homer. Martin has quickly endeared himself to his teammates and Cleveland fans by hitting two homers and batting .500 with three RBIs and three runs in just three games since being acquired in a trade with Detroit.“I’m really happy, man Freddie Freeman Jersey ,” Martin said. “I came here to help. And I want to do my best to help this team to get where we want. We’ve got a long way to go still.”The AL Central-leading Indians only got four hits but notched their 60th win.The Angels were again without All-Star outfielder Mike Trout, who missed his third straight game with a sore right wrist.But even with Trout in the lineup, Los Angeles would have had a tough time against Kluber. The right-hander was never in trouble and he cooled off Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, who homered twice in Friday’s win.Ohtani came in batting .643 with four homers and eight RBIs in three games against Cleveland, but went 0 for 4 and struck out twice against Kluber.“It wasn’t a whole lot different than what we had been (doing), or at least I tried to do the last time I pitched against him,” said Kluber, who gave up Ohtani’s first homer on April 4. “Last time he hit the home run off me, I made a mistake up and out over the plate. I just didn’t make that mistake tonight.”Pena didn’t get out of the first inning in his previous outing, and the right-hander started poorly, walking the first two batters. However, Pena settled in and didn’t give up his first hit until the sixth, when Martin drove a 3-1 pitch 415 feet to right-center.Moments before Martin connected for his second homer in two days, the Indians attempted to jinx Pena by displaying — “Felix Pena is currently throwing a no-hitter” — on Progressive Field’s enormous scoreboard.The strategy worked as Martin ended Pena’s flirtation with history. The Indians added a second run when Francisco Lindor followed with a double and scored on Michael Brantley’s single.“Got the ball right in the middle, and thank God, I put a good swing on it http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-bobby-cox-jersey ,” Martin said.SUPER SHORTSTOP Lindor took an infield hit away from Justin Upton with a sensational play in the sixthUpton hit a pop between the mound and second base that the All-Star shortstop snagged barehanded on one hop before throwing in time to get the Angels left fielder.Martin remembers Lindor making similar plays against him.“I used to hate that guy,” he said, smiling. “I use to hate him. He’s really good. He’s one of the best in the game. He made that play look so easy.”TROUT UPDATETrout expressed frustration that his wrist isn’t healed. He’s still having trouble swinging since injuring his wrist while sliding on Wednesday.“It’s just a day-to-day thing,” he said. “I want to be out there. It’s frustrating. You don’t want to be sitting on the bench watching your team out there.”STAR POWEROhtani showed off his power to all fields in Friday’s game, homering to right and left against Mike Clevinger.Although Ohtani doesn’t have a typical slugger’s swing, Francona says he’s got plenty of pop.“And he can run,” Francona said. “He’s an interesting guy. He’s got a chance to be pretty special.”TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: LHP Tyler Skaggs was placed on the disabled list with a strained hip muscle. Manager Mike Scioscia said Skaggs, who was scheduled to pitch Sunday’s finale, felt tightness in his previous start on July 31.Indians: C Yan Gomes will be out of the starting lineup for several games due to hamstring tendinitis. Gomes has been bothered with the condition for a while, and aggravated his leg while running out a double in the second inning on Friday.UP NEXTIndians rookie Shane Bieber will make his first start against the Angels, who will call up rookie Deck McGuire from the minors. Bieber pitched into the seventh inning against Minnesota on July 30, but didn’t factor into the decision.

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