Sandy Leon starting in Game 1 for Red Sox

Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner

The For Sale sign is up outside of Fenway Park and the Red Sox wouldn't have it any other way.

Game 1 of the ALCS is tomorrow at Fenway Park in the best-of-seven series.

"Going through that the last two years helped", Brock Holt.

Allowing a pair of home runs to the Astros in the first inning and a total of seven runs in all was an implosion by his standards.

Shoulder issues caused the Boston lefty to miss most of the final two months of the regular season, but he told reporters Friday that there will be no limitations for him going forward.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he left Luis Severino in the game too long in New York's 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 Monday. "But instead of taking it as a negative, he learned from it. I know them. It should be fun".

He was an all-star for the first time in 2015, then made it again this season for the second time. This came after spending parts of three seasons with the Astros, with limited success.

"I think it's just staying locked in, not trying to play above your playing grade", Sale said.

J.D. Martinez wants to thank the Astros - not get back at them - for releasing him when he was struggling.

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Sale comes into this one with confidence, at least. He was Boston's Game 1 starter against the Yankees in the ALDS and earned the first playoff win of his career, holding the NY bats to two runs over 5.1 innings while striking out eight. The Red Sox upgraded a lineup that was overmatched on this stage a year ago by adding MVP candidate J.D. "Obviously, the victor of this one goes to the World Series". "He's OK. I think he slipped on that play, but then he was jumping up and down celebrating", Cora said. For the host Astros, ace Justin Verlander gets the nod.

In this postseason, both won Game 1 of his respective series.

Verlander was Martinez's teammate in Detroit and said he was "there from the moment he turned his career around". "For me, I've always wanted to be in it".

"In any facet, if you walk in and take a test, and you're prepared, you feel more confident". His 130 RBI this season were the most in baseball. The Red Sox failed at this stage in 1988 and 1990.

The expectation is that Saturday's opener will be a low-scoring affair. The left-hander's 6.03 ERA as a starter includes just 1 2/3 innings against the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS. Boston had the most home wins in the majors with 57 while Houston led all of baseball in road wins, also 57.

"Everything will be decided around that", Cora said. "It one of those things (in this year's ALCS) where you have this starter versus vs. this starter with these lineups". Those two will be among the top three of most American League Cy Young Award ballots this year, along with Tampa's Chris Snell.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman's assessment of his team's flameout to the Red Sox in the ALDS?

"It's a big difference to be able start at home against a good team", Holt said. Blue Jays super prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. had another three-hit game on Friday, his third in as many Arizona Fall League contests ...

The Astros will send Gerrit Cole to the mound for Game 2.

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