Chris Sale could pitch in relief in Game 3

09 October 2017, 12:23 | Kristine Mills

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Recap our complete live updates and get all the stats you need in the provided box score. Pomeranz, by contrast, now must decide how much of last week's game plan he can duplicate Friday and what adjustments he must make against an Astros lineup that got a good look at him, albeit in a Red Sox win. The late-inning shots by Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper in Washington on Saturday boosted the total to a whopping 31 homers in just nine playoff games. A loss will mean a second straight sweep in the ALDS. Houston was one of three teams to top 100 wins, giving Major League Baseball three 100-win teams for the first time since 2003.

When it comes to clinching the division this weekend the Red Sox and everybody within the organization knew that they had to win. Pomeranz was 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 174 strikeouts.

Boston's pitchers get a breather after being battered around by the Astros in the first two games of their ALDS, and almost all the arms need a rest in the Yankees-Indians series following Friday's extra-innings showdown. Changes will definitely be needed for the Red Sox to compete in the 2018 postseason.

After his third home run left the yard, Altuve took a well deserved curtain call, taking in the praise of the Houston fans. Incredible day for the MVP candidate.

In Game 1, the Astros would tally eight runs on 12 hits-slugging four home runs in the process. Christian Vazquez was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run to pace the Red Sox.

Having to contend with that mighty Houston offense is Doug Fister, starting on the mound for the Red Sox on Sunday. Joe Kelly will take over for the Red Sox in relief and he leads the bases. He surrendered an RBI single to Jackie Bradley Jr. that cut the Houston lead to 2-1 in the second before rallying to retire 13 consecutive batters.

Verlander allows a hit to Ramirez, but otherwise gets off the bump without issue. Don't give them a chance to regain any momentum in game three. Tie ballgame at 2-2.

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Another assistant captain, Fred Couples , said, "Having Tiger with the team now is pretty much the same as if he was playing". It's great for Tiger. "We hope he comes and he'll be welcomed by us and by our players", Monahan said.

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President of baseball operations with the Red Sox Dave Dombrowski said recently that Pedroia's situation will have to be managed for the remainder of the second baseman's career. The Astros get a man on first but can't capitalize either. Altuve scored when Correa drilled his home run in the first inning.

In Houston, Jose Altuve had just arrived in the Astros dugout after launching his third home run of the game when George Springer grabbed his right biceps and examined it, as if searching for an explanation for his teammate's extraordinary pop. The Red Sox must play the first two games of this best of five series in Houston, and Game 3 will undoubtedly be a high-leverage game. Going up against what may be a touch-and-go Chris Sale, expect a great performance from him.

Houston, which won the AL West, brings an offense that led the majors in batting average (.282), on-base percentage (.346) and slugging percentage (.478).

Are the Houston Astros going to win a third straight game at the Boston Red Sox Sunday afternoon to advance to the ALCS?

After yesterday's drubbing, Xander Bogaerts was asked what's at the crux of this five game losing streak.

Want to watch the game? Game 2 will get underway today at 2:08pm ET and will air on Fox Sports 1.

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