Astros’ Ver­lan­der, Red Sox’s Sale to pitch Game 1 of ALCS

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NEW YORK — Hous­ton Astros ace Justin Ver­lan­der will face off against his Bos­ton Red Sox coun­ter­part, Chris Sale, when the two teams meet in Game 1 of the Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries (ALCS) on Satur­day.

Game 2 on Sun­day will see Astros right-han­der Ger­rit Cole duel Red Sox south­paw David Price.

Price’s nod is per­haps the big­gest sur­prise of the group. The left-han­der has a his­tory of strug­gles in the post­sea­son as a starter, a nar­ra­tive that was strength­ened by his per­for­mance in Game 2 of the Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries against the New York Yankees.

Price al­lowed three runs on three hits — two of which were home runs — and two walks in 1 2/3 in­nings against the Yankees.

“We trust him,” Red Sox man­ager Alex Cora said af­ter Price’s rough start. “He bounced back be­fore. We’ll talk to him and make a few ad­just­ments, and we’ll go from there.”

Price is 0-9 with a 6.03 ERA in 10 ca­reer post­sea­son starts.

Cole, mean­while, dom­i­nated in his first play­off start with the Astros, strik­ing out 12 and al­low­ing just one run on three hits in seven in­nings in a Game 2 win over the Cleve­land In­di­ans dur­ing the ALDS.

Sale and Ver­lan­der fac­ing off is a re­match of Game 1 of last year’s ALDS be­tween the Red Sox and Astros. Hous­ton won the con­test 8-2 , with Ver­lan­der al­low­ing two runs in six in­nings to earn the win. Sale al­lowed seven runs on nine hits — three home runs — in five in­nings.

The right-handed Ver­lan­der al­lowed two runs on two hits and struck out seven across 5 1/3 in­nings in his Game 1 win over the In­di­ans.

The left-handed Sale beat the Yankees in Game 1, then came out of the bullpen to pitch the eighth in­ning of Bos­ton’s de­ci­sive Game 4 vic­tory on Tues­day. Sale threw 13 pitches in a per­fect frame. —

HOUS­TON ASTROS start­ing pitcher Justin Ver­lan­der de­liv­ers a pitch dur­ing the first in­ning in game one of the 2018 ALDS play­off base­ball se­ries against the Cleve­land In­di­ans at Minute Maid Park.

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