Playoff Reset: Red Sox vs. Indians ALDS Game 2

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The Game: Boston Red Sox @ Cleveland Indians, ALDS Game 2
The Time: 4:30 PM EDT
The Place: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
The Channel: TBS
The Starters: David Price (Red Sox) vs. Corey Kluber (Indians)

The Upshot:

Being up 1-0 is great, but the manner in which the Indians went up 1-0 — relying heavily on ace reliever Andrew Miller — puts added pressure on Tribe starter Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14 ERA). Though getting the Game 2 start instead of the Game 1 start, Kluber is the Indians’ ace, however, and averages 6.7 innings a start. Terry Francona will want to get at least seven innings out of him today, one figures. Favoring that approach: Kluber is on 10 days’ rest. Working against it: all that extra rest came because Kluber strained his quad.

For Boston it’s David Price (17-9, 3.99). Price has 14 career starts against the Indians in which he is 10-2 with a 2.24 ERA. Most of those starts came against much poorer Indians teams, however, and none of it came in the playoffs, where Price has never found much success. This year Price and Kluber went head-to-head on Opening Day. There Price pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks. Kluber was knocked around a good bit. Kluber faced Boston again on May 20 and put up the same two runs on six innings Price did in the earlier matchup.

Homers will be the order of the day, one assumes. Each club hit three yesterday. Kluber allowed 22 on the season which is fairly respectable. Price, however, allowed a career high 30 dingers in 2016.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.