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Indians sweep Red Sox in ALDS with 4-3 victory in Game 3

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The Indians made quick work of the Red Sox in the ALDS, using the minimum three games to dispatch of the crew from Beantown. They won 4-3 on Monday evening.

After both teams put up zeroes through the first three innings, the Indians broke through in the top of the fourth, scoring twice against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. Jose Ramirez led off with a single and Lonnie Chisenhall walked. Coco Crisp moved both runners over with a bunt, and Tyler Naquin brought both home with a single to right field.

The Red Sox clawed back for a run in the bottom of the fifth against Indians starter Josh Tomlin, as a one-out single by Xander Bogaerts followed by a double by Andrew Benintendi plated one.

Coco Crisp doubled the Indians’ run total, striking a two-run home run over the Green Monster in the top of the sixth off of lefty Drew Pomeranz. The Red Sox would promptly fight back for another run in the bottom of the sixth. Dustin Pedroia led off with a single, prompting Indians manager Terry Francona to bring in All-Star reliever Andrew Miller. The lefty got into hot water, yielding a double to Mookie Betts followed by a sacrifice fly by David Ortiz. But Miller struck out Hanley Ramirez to escape the frame with the score 4-2 in his team’s favor.

Miller remained in the game to start the seventh. He worked around a one-out walk for another scoreless frame. Bryan Shaw came on in the eighth inning and sandwiched a Travis Shaw single with a strikeout of Dustin Pedroia and a Mookie Betts ground out. Closer Cody Allen entered and walked David Ortiz before serving up a line drive single to Hanley Ramirez, who brought Betts home to make it 4-3. Allen escaped by the skin of his teeth when Bogaerts lined out to second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Allen returned in the ninth, getting Chris Young to fly out to left for the first out. Allen then struck out Sandy Leon looking. After Jackie Bradley, Jr. singled to bring the tying run to the plate in Pedroia. Pedroia worked a walk, pushing the tying run into scoring position. Shaw finally flied out to right field to end the game in a 4-3 victory for the Indians.

With both the Indians and Blue Jays sweeping their ALDS opponents, both will have to wait until Friday to open the ALCS. The Indians have home field advantage in that series.

Nationals, Astros lineups for World Series Game 2

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The Nationals, believed by oddsmakers to be big underdogs in the World Series against the Astros, won arguably their toughest matchup last night by plating five runs against Gerrit Cole in a 5-4 win in Houston. They’ll take a 1-0 series lead into Wednesday night’s action featuring a duel between Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander. Here are the lineups for the two sides.

Nationals

SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
DH Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles

SP Stephen Strasburg

No changes here. Manager Dave Martinez is rolling out the same exact lineup as he had in Game 1.

Astros

CF George Springer
2B José Altuve
LF Michael Brantley
3B Alex Bregman
1B Yuli Gurriel
DH Yordan Álvarez
SS Carlos Correa
C Robinson Chirinos
RF Josh Reddick

SP Justin Verlander

Likewise, Astros skipper A.J. Hinch has hardly changed his lineup. The only difference is Chirinos is doing the catching tonight as opposed to Martín Maldonado.

Springer notably did not give maximum effort on an RBI double he hit off of the wall in right-center field, thinking it was a home run. He could’ve had a triple. Springer and Hinch discussed it over the phone late last night, Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reports. Hinch didn’t seem too concerned about it.