Red Sox at Astros

Justin Verlander talks to the media before Thursday’s Game

Chris Sale had waited for this day for a long time. But when they were at their best this year, they looked unbeatable.

Despite the Red Sox now in an 0-2 hole, there is still a small light at the end of the tunnel.

All four of MLB's Division Series' will be in action today, starting with Game 2 of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.

Dallas Keuchel (1-0) lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.

"We have talked openly about the resilience, we know perfectly well where we are in this series", Farrell said. It was the bottom of the third, there was just one out and the bases were loaded.

Sale's postseason debut was historically bad.

Jay Bruce drove in three runs as Cleveland began chasing their first World Series title in 69 years.

It would make sense to chalk up Sale's issues to October nerves if it wasn't a continuation of his late-season fade. The Sox are not off to a good start.

The left-hander had trouble settling in early and after needing 30 pitches to get through the second inning, it looked like this start might be a short one.

Boston's pitchers get a breather after being battered around by the Astros in the first two games of their ALDS, and almost all the arms need a rest in the Yankees-Indians series following Friday's extra-innings showdown. The Astros hit six in their first 10 innings.

But Sale had also rarely faced a lineup as deep and risky as Houston's, or a hitter as complete as Altuve. In his final 11 starts, Sale allowed 4 or more earned runs five times, including five runs and four home runs in his final start of the regular season. "We don't talk about range with pitchers very often, but he's got tremendous range". The All-Star second baseman, batting champion, and MVP candidate, followed a solo shot from Alex Bregman in the first inning to stake Houston to a 2-0 lead before adding a two-out shot off Sale in the fifth and a leadoff dinger against Red Sox right-handed reliever Austin Maddox in the seventh.

Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that Sale and David Price will both be available in support of right-hander Doug Fister. He led the majors in strikeouts this season, with 308, the most by any pitcher in 15 years.

"I got to wake up", he said, flashing a huge grin. "There's probably a combination of factors".

These two teams went head to head seven times through the season so far, and things were pretty even, with the Astros just getting their noses out in front, winning four of the seven games.

"I hope it makes him nervous as can be and he's a mess", Manager A.J. Hinch said, to laughs, before the game. I had a feeling I was going to get a slider or two every at-bat. It's up to me to go out there and perform to my abilities, Bogaerts said.

Said Astros catcher Brian McCann: "Our plate discipline was great". "We won't take anything for granted".

If Tanaka can start well and manage the game for five or six innings, the Yankees will be able to use their bullpen that thrived at home in the AL Wild Card Game to get them to the ALDS five days ago.

Springer clubbed an opposite-field home run off Pomeranz leading off the third inning, the Astros' sixth homer of the series.

"Any mistake that we've made these past two games, they've made us pay for them", Pomeranz said.