Out of hospital, Chris Sale’s next step unknown

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He will be held overnight for observation.

The acclaim was not a salute for a brilliant performance by Price, for it was not that at all.

Chris Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital yesterday after spending more than a day there to treat a stomach illness, the details of which have not been released. For Red Sox fans, who had feared the worst with Price on the mound and instead had watched him battle, it was worth cheering.

"We won", Price declared afterward. David Price would have to pitch on short rest, or Eduardo Rodriguez could start, though he hasn't thrown more than 44 pitches since September 20. Price's outing-4 2/3 innings, four runs-became something of a footnote.

"I'll be ready for Tuesday", when the series resumes, he said. "Although the numbers look like he's been getting hit by lefties, you start looking at damage and what we can do offensively, and I think it's a better matchup". And road teams that opened 2-0 in a best-of-seven went on to win 22 of 25 series (or 88 percent).

With bases loaded and two out in the third inning, Jackie Bradley jnr gave Boston the lead, clearing the bases and reaching second himself, before his side went on to win 7-5. David Price can't pitch in the postseason.

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"If you need motivation in Game 3 of the ALCS, you better check yourself", Cora said. And being forced to settle for the split in the first two games of the series at Fenway Park has taken its toll on Boston's position on the World Series odds. The Red Sox are carrying just 11 pitchers for the ALCS, but Eduardo Rodriguez could provide multiple innings in relief.

His statistics do not account for the times his managers left him in as he clearly exhausted, or for his two-run complete game in the '13 Game 163 tiebreaker that sent his Rays to the playoffs, or for his 2.35 ERA in 15 1/3 postseason relief innings, but they tell a story, and Price knows what it is.

Craig Kimbrel did struggle in the ninth, allowing a pair of hits and a run but he did enough to complete the save and earn the win for the Sox. Alex Bregman flew out to the base of the Green Monster representing the tying run, as Boston hearts were lodged in throats for a few excruciating seconds.

Instead the Red Sox began to play more like the team that got here. I get that. I deserve those narratives. Mookie Betts has five hits in eight at-bats with a walk in his limited opportunities vs. Cole, which sounds like the same problem most of baseball has with Betts, but Cole has been one of baseball's most effective pitchers with runners on base, allowing a.625 OPS, which ranked as the sixth best in the AL (trailing teammate Justin Verlander, among others). Kinsler has extensive experience against Keuchel in his career, going 11-for-36 with a double and a home run versus Holt's 2-for-5.

It's unlikely Cora would turn to Devers again in Game 3 because the Astros are starting left-hander Dallas Keuchel.

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