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Lineups for ALCS Game 2

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After steamrolling the Red Sox with a 7-2 finish during Game 1 of the ALCS, the Astros will send Gerrit Cole to the mound as they look for a 2-0 leg up in the series. In two career starts at Fenway Park, Cole has posted 11 cumulative innings of seven-run, 10-strikeout ball against the Red Sox. He’ll try to improve on those numbers — and the seven innings of one-run, 12-strikeout ball he delivered in Game 2 of the 2018 ALDS — to keep the Astros’ as-yet undefeated postseason record alive this fall.

Here are the lineups:

Astros

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
4. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
5. Tyler White (R) DH
6. Marwin González (S) LF
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF

Gerrit Cole RHP

No changes for Houston here. It’s worth noting that Springer has the opportunity to set a team-best record if he notches a hit and extends his current streak to 11 consecutive games. The Astros as a whole can also set a new MLB record if they manage even one home run off the Red Sox tonight, which will bring them to 14 straight playoff games with a homer. (The current record holder? …still the Astros, who recorded their first 13-game streak with a postseason home run in 2001-2004.)

Red Sox

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
3. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
4. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
6. Rafael Devers (L) 3B
7. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
8. Jackie Bradley, Jr. (L) CF
9. Christian Vázquez (R) C

David Price LHP

Only a few adjustments to the bottom of the lineup for Game 2: Devers will take over for Eduardo Núñez at the hot corner in what will be just his second playoff start, while Kinsler will swap in for Brock Holt and the right-handed Vázquez will catch Price in place of the switch-hitting Sandy Leon.

Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 7:09 PM EDT.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.