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Doug Fister tossed the shortest ALDS start since 2014

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So much for Doug Fister‘s pristine postseason record. The Red Sox’ right-hander lasted just 1 1/3 innings on Sunday, exiting Game 3 of the ALDS after the Astros wore him out with a three-run spread. Not only was it the shortest outing of his postseason career, but it marked the shortest start in any ALDS game since 2014, when the Angels’ C.J. Wilson choked against the Royals in Game 3.

In the first inning, George Springer lined a leadoff single into right field, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Josh Reddick followed suit, plating a run on a ground ball up the middle and reaching second on an errant throw. Then, this happened:

Fister took a meeting on the mound before proceeding with the inning, and for two at-bats, everything went according to plan. He fell behind on a 3-1 count against Marwin Gonzalez before inducing a groundout for the second out, then caught Alex Bregman looking to end the inning.

In the second, however, things got off to another rough start. Fister threw everything but the kitchen sink at Carlos Beltran, but couldn’t locate his pitches well enough to avoid a leadoff walk. Yuli Gurriel needed just one pitch — a curveball that didn’t sit quite right in the zone — for a single, and once Fister got through the bottom of the order, Farrell cut him off.

The Red Sox currently trail the Astros 3-1 in the top of the third inning.

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons opts out of final 5 games

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Angels’ season.

The Angels announced the four-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop’s decision Tuesday before they faced the San Diego Padres.

Los Angeles (24-31) is still technically in the playoff race with five games left in the regular season, and Simmons clearly caught the Angels by surprise, although the club said it respected his decision.

The 31-year-old Simmons, who can be a free agent this winter, is finishing his fifth year with the Angels. After spraining his ankle in late July and missing 22 games, Simmons is currently batting .297 with 10 RBIs while playing his usual stellar defense, albeit with four errors in 30 games.

“At this time, I feel this is the best decision for me and my family,” Simmons said in a statement. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we would like to sincerely thank the Angels organization and Angels fans for welcoming and making us feel at home.”

Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged he was caught by surprise when general manager Billy Eppler told him about Simmons’ decision Monday night after Simmons went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the Angels’ home finale. Maddon texted Simmons, but hadn’t heard back by Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve really enjoyed this guy a lot,” Maddon said. “I’m a big fan. This guy is a good baseball player, and I’ve enjoyed the conversations, too. It’s just unfortunate. He’s really a big part of what we’re doing right now.”

Simmons is a favorite of Angels fans for his defensive wizardry, and owner Arte Moreno has described Simmons as perhaps his favorite player to watch on the roster. Simmons has batted .281 with 36 homers and 281 RBIs during his five seasons with Los Angeles, and he won the Gold Glove in 2017 and 2018.

“He’s a thinking kind of a player, and I’ve enjoyed him a lot,” Maddon said.

Simmons will be a free agent this winter, and the Angels have an obvious replacement for him in David Fletcher, who has a .374 on-base percentage while regularly hitting leadoff for the Angels during his breakout major league season. Fletcher has been playing second base since Simmons’ return from injury.

But the Angels haven’t publicly closed the door on Simmons’ return, and he could be given a qualifying offer. Maddon has repeatedly said he would like Simmons to return in 2021 if possible.

The Angels haven’t had a winning season during Simmons’ five years in Anaheim, although Simmons said last week he wasn’t discouraged by the lack of team success. Simmons played his first four major league seasons in Atlanta, and he hasn’t appeared in the postseason since 2013.

Simmons also said he hadn’t been involved in any recent contract talks with the Angels, but he had enjoyed playing for the club. When asked if he wanted to return to the Halos, Simmons said he would have to “plead the fifth.”