Astros, Red Sox announce starters for first 2 ALCS games

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Astros, Red Sox announce starters for first 2 ALCS games

Jon Tayler: I don't think the Red Sox have a choice but to start Price.

It comes as no surprise to anyone that Justin Verlander will get the ball in Game 1 and Gerrit Cole will start Game 2.

David Price is slated to pitch Game 2 on Sunday. He gave up six earned runs in only three innings, and recorded just two strikeouts. And Yankees manager Aaron Boone has caught heat for allowing Severino to start the fourth inning, in which Boston blew the game wide open by scoring seven runs. The Red Sox failed at this stage in 1988 and 1990.

It came back to bite him as the Red Sox went on to win Game 3 in NY by 15 runs and then squeaked by the Yankees last night by a single run. And the home team won that night. Marwin Gonzalez has played just 24 regular-season innings in left field at Fenway plus the two games last October.

With all due respect to former Red Sox manager John Farrell and his 2013 World Series title with Boston, the Red Sox haven't had a manager as decisive, communicative, intellectual and player-friendly as Cora since Terry Francona took over the reins from Grady Little in 2004.

The victor of the best-of-seven showdown will advance to the World Series. I think that's what puts everything in perspective. The postseason monkey is very much on Price's back, but if Boston doesn't fall in an immediate 0-2 or 0-3 hole, the righthander may very well be Boston's best bet in a Game 3 or 4 situation and work out of the bullpen afterward. "He's feeling better, " Cora said. "We'll talk to him and make a few adjustments and we'll go from there". 3B Eduardo Nunez appeared to injure himself while making the throw to first for the final out Tuesday.

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