• Three reasons the Astros will beat the Red Sox in the ALCS

    4 days ago - By ESPN

    With 108 wins, the Red Sox clearly have something going, but the Astros' starting pitching, bullpen and lineup will be very tough to beat.
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  • Red Sox ALCS Press Conference: Chris Sale, Alex Cora Discuss Game 1

    4 days ago - By NESN

    After his surprise relief appearance in the series-clinching game Tuesday, Chris Sale will be back in a much more familiar position Saturday: as a starter.
    Sale will take the ball for the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros. He and Red Sox manager Alex Cora will speak to the media on Friday afternoon about their plans for the ALCS, with a trip to the World Series on the line.
    Watch the full press conference on NESN or in the video above, starting at roughly 2:30 p.m. ET.
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  • Remember When Andrew Benintendi Almost Landed With Astros, Not Red Sox?

    4 days ago - By NESN

    The American League Championship Series matchup between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros is fascinating, and that's before you consider the various connections between the teams.
    Take the case of Andrew Benintendi, for instance. He's a key player for Boston and could play an important role in dethroning the defending World Series champions. But did you know the Astros almost drafted the talented outfielder back in 2015 before the Red Sox picked him at No. 7 overall?
    Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias, who heads the organization's amateur draft process, revealed last October...
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  • This Red Sox Hall Of Famer To Throw Out First Pitch At ALCS Game 1

    4 days ago - By NESN

    Will Kevin Youklis' playoff magic dust positively affect the current crop of Boston Red Sox?
    The former Red Sox infielder will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday at Fenway Park prior to Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between Boston and the Houston Astros. The Red Sox announced Youklis' selection for first-pitch duties Friday in a statement.
    Youklis spent parts of eight seasons with the Red Sox between and 2012, helping the team win the World Series in 2004 and 2007. He won a Gold Glove in 2007 at first base and made the American League All-Star team in 2008...
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  • Jayson Tatum: 'It's Danny's fault I didn't go No. 1'

    4 days ago - By Yahoo Sports

    Jayson Tatum might be perfectly content to be playing in Boston but he still has a bone to pick with Danny Ainge about moving back before drafting him in 2017. Tatum was on stage with Celtics teammate Kyrie Irving during a panel discussion at Thursday's Shamrock Foundation Gala at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel when the two Duke products started playfully ribbing each other.
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  • ESPN Host Calls Out Bill Simmons Over Red Sox-Yankees ALDS ‘Demon' Tweet

    4 days ago - By NESN

    Bill Simmons is an unabashed Boston sports fan, so he understandably was excited Tuesday night when the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Division Series to secure a date with the defending World Series champion Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series.
    But there were some tense moments in the ninth inning of that game, with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel nearly blowing a three-run lead before finally closing the door on Boston's 4-3 win , and Simmons made sure to point that out on Twitter in a way that rubbed at least one ESPN host the wrong...
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  • Astros' Alex Bregman Was Red Sox Draft Pick But Didn't Sign With Boston

    4 days ago - By NESN

    When Alex Bregman faces the Boston Red Sox, some fans might wonder “what if?”
    The Houston Astros third baseman almost became part of the Red Sox organization six years ago, but fate sent his career in another direction. The Boston Globe's Chad Finn on Thursday recounted the fact the Red Sox selected Bregman in the 29th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft but he declined to sign with the team. Finn explains why.
    Bregman was a presumed first-round pick entering his senior year, but missed much of the season with injuries, including a broken finger. He made it clear before the draft...
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