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Carlos Correa and the Astros take the Red Sox to the woodshed once again


Sometimes, when a team loses, there is room for finger-pointing and criticism. Sometimes, however, they just get whupped. That’s what’s gone down in Minute Maid Park in Houston the past two days anyway. The Astros pounded the Red Sox once again this afternoon, winning 8-2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best of five Division Series.

Game 1’s hero was Jose Altuve, who smacked three homers. Altuve was solid once again today, going 2-for-3, walking twice, driving in a run and scoring twice. The hero of Game 2, however, was Carlos Correa.

In the first inning, with Altuve on first base after a single, Correa took a 91 m.p.h. Drew Pomeranz fastball way deep to left field to make it 2-0 Houston. Boston put a run on the board with a Jackie Bradley Jr. RBI single in the second, but Houston increased its lead in the third with an Altuve RBI single and a homer from George Springer to make it 4-1.

Both teams were kept off the board for the next few innings, with David Price providing the Red Sox’ only bright spot in the form of two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief, but Houston put the game away with a four-run sixth inning. The rally was highlighted by Correa’s two-run double and lowlighted — for Boston anyway — with this rather interesting play from Mookie Betts:

That came on a shallow fly ball off the bat of Alex Bregman that likely would not have scored the runner from third but did so anyway thanks to the miscue. How much of that play by Betts was attributable to what is clearly an injured thumb — it was bothering him greatly during an eighth inning at bat — is unknown, but we’ll likely hear more about that tonight and into the weekend. Later that inning Evan Gattis‘ RBI single plated Correa gave Houston its eighth run. Boston added a second run in the top of the ninth, but it was too little, too late.

The clubs are now en route to Boston where they’ll get a day off tomorrow before Sunday’s Game 3. It’s not impossible for the Sox to make a comeback or, at the very least, to make this series competitive, of course, but thus far they’ve been at the Astros mercy.

Not because they’ve done anything wrong, really. They’re just getting beat by what appears to be a clearly superior ballclub.

Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.

This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.