Af­ter World Se­ries win with Astros, new Red Sox man­ager Cora aims to knock them out

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - JIMMY GOLEN

Alex Cora led Bos­ton to a vic­tory over the hated Yan­kees. Next up for the first-year Red Sox man­ager: The team he left af­ter win­ning a World Se­ries as a bench coach last sea­son.

“I’ve been talk­ing about them the whole sea­son, so now we go,” he said af­ter the Red Sox beat New York 4-3 in Game 4 of the AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries to earn the right to play the Hous­ton Astros for the pen­nant. “Best of seven. They know me. I know them. It should be fun.”

An in­fielder who spent 14 years with six big league teams, Cora was in Hous­ton for one year be­fore the Red Sox made him the first mi­nor­ity man­ager in fran­chise his­tory — and one of its youngest, too. His first sea­son is al­ready a suc­cess, with a fran­chise-record 108 vic­to­ries, a third con­sec­u­tive AL East ti­tle and the team’s first play­off se­ries win since 2013. Now he has to do it again — against his for­mer boss, A.J. Hinch, whose Astros swept Cleve­land in the ALDS. Games 1 and 2 are Satur­day and Sun­day be­fore the se­ries moves to Hous­ton for three more, if nec­es­sary. “I don’t know too much about them. Just they have a good team,” Cora said coyly on Tues­day night. “What they did to the In­di­ans, that was im­pres­sive. It seems like they’re play­ing their best base­ball of the sea­son at the right time.” And so are the Red Sox, thanks to Cora. In his first post-sea­son se­ries as a man­ager, he seemed to make all the right de­ci­sions, like start­ing Brock Holt in Game 3 and see­ing him hit for the only post-sea­son cy­cle in base­ball his­tory. And then he put Holt back on the bench in Game 4 and watched Ian Kinsler come through with a key RBI dou­ble.

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