Astros' Altuve hits 3 homers, Yankees lose

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Phew. After a stressful two weeks of the Red Sox fending off the surging Yankees, Boston finally won the American League East on the penultimate game of the season. They were probably more identical than you think. "But we have seen Doug Fister be able to take a very good lineup and neutralize it in a few starts already this season and we're turning to him tomorrow to lead the way".

After clubbing his first two homers to left-center field, Altuve pushed the Houston lead to six runs with his blast to left in the seventh.

After his disastrous playoff performance in Houston Thursday, Chris Sale got roughed up by the internet thanks to some quick-editing Wikipedia fans. He became the ninth player in history-after the likes of Albert Pujols, George Brett and Babe Ruth-to hit three home runs in a playoff game, and he did not seem remotely cowed by the stage. The Sox evened the score with another run in the fourth thanks to a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly from Rafael Devers. Honestly, you've been the Red Sox best pitcher down the stretch, and we have no reason to believe that won't continue here today.

After a well-pitched opener, it's a matchup of veteran left-handers in Game 2 of the NL Division Series between the Cubs and Nationals at 5:38 p.m. EDT.

One year after almost costing the Indians a trip to the World Series, Bauer helped them take the first step back. A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

Game 2 - an 8-2 loss - was worse. Through two games he's now 5 for 7 (.714) with two intentional walks (.778 OBP) and three home runs (2.000 SLG). "I know I can do a lot to help when I'm going good". Houston came to play in Game 2 when Carlos Correa had a 4-RBI showing that included his two-run home run and a two-run double. Back in 2015, he hit 15 home runs, marking the first double-digit home run season of his career.

While the Red Sox can't match the Astros' rotation depth - Houston is going to have at least one starter with a sub-4.00 ERA who doesn't make the postseason rotation - they can make up for that weakness with the overwhelming strength of Game 1 starter Sale.

When it comes to clinching the division this weekend the Red Sox and everybody within the organization knew that they had to win. He responded with a 14-3 record in his next 24 starts, compiling a 2.85 ERA.

On top of that, Houston hasn't lost three out of four games too often this year. Of them, 3 came in a tough 2nd inning. This season, if it's possible, the 101-win Astros are humiliating the Red Sox even more en route to looking like a postseason juggernaut. In those first two frames, he used 49 pitches. He had been great against the Astros this season, allowing just two runs in 12 1/3 innings, but Houston jumped on him early with a two-run homer by Carlos Correa and then knocked him out in third after he allowed three consecutive hits to start the frame. "We've got to find a way", Ramirez said.

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