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CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are making a habit of rallying for victories. No such luck this time http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , though.Yoan Moncada and Matt Davidson homered, prized prospect Michael Kopech combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and the Chicago White Sox waited out a long rain delay to beat Boston 6-1 on Friday.The major league-leading Red Sox had won three in a row and trailed in each of them, including a 9-4 victory in the opener of the four-game set. They couldn’t pull this one out. And their lead in the AL Central is now 7 1/2 games over the New York Yankees, who rallied for a 7-5 win over Detroit.Moncada made it 3-0 with a two-run drive against Nathan Eovaldi (5-7) in the first inning. Davidson added a three-run shot off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh as the White Sox won for the sixth time in eight games.Eovaldi gave up three runs and three hits over two innings in losing his third straight start.“We need this guy to be good, and we know he can be good,” manager Alex Cora said. “His stuff is that good. But we’ve got to fix it. We’ve got to find something so he can be better.”In his first outing against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2014, the hard-throwing Kopech gave up one hit in three innings. He also hit two batters before a downpour with Chicago batting in the third cut his third major league start short.The game was delayed for 2 hours, 9 minutes.Dylan Covey (5-12) then tossed three-hit ball over three-plus innings. Juan Minaya gave up a run in two innings and Ian Hamilton worked the ninth.“I think we’re all pulling in the same direction right now, and it’s a lot of fun to be a part of right now,” Kopech said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve been a winning team, and hopefully it stays that way for a long time.”Boston’s Andrew Benintendi homered in the eighth. Xander Bogaerts picked up his first career ejection after he got called out on strikes two batters later, and pitcher Rick Porcello got tossed arguing from the dugout in the bottom half even though he did not appear in the game.Kopech has been limited to 11 innings over three starts because of bad weather. He threw just two innings in his debut against Minnesota before going six strong innings in a win over Detroit on Sunday.SHAKY STARTThe way this one started, it looked as if Kopech might not get out of the first.Acquired in the deal that sent ace Chris Sale to Boston in December 2016, he hit Mookie Betts with the game’s first offering and walked Benintendi on four pitches. But Kopech worked his way out of the jam.He caught Betts off second as he broke to steal third, and then retired J.D. Martinez and Bogaerts.In the bottom half Jimmy Wynn Jersey , Eovaldi hit Yolmer Sanchez leading off and gave up an RBI double to Avisail Garcia on an 0-2 count with one out. Garcia then made a neat slide tagging up on Daniel Palka’s fly to center before Moncada went the other way and drove a 1-2 fastball to the left-field bullpen.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: Cora said LHP David Price (bruised left wrist) “most likely” won’t make his scheduled start next week at Atlanta. He still is sore and hasn’t thrown since he was struck on his pitching wrist by a line drive against Miami on Wednesday. … Sale (mild inflammation in pitching shoulder) threw long toss and on flat ground after playing catch the previous four days. Though the Red Sox haven’t set a return date, Cora thinks Sale will make a few starts before the playoffs. … The Red Sox plan to activate C Christian Vazquez (broken finger) prior to Saturday’s game. He has not played since July 7.UP NEXTRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (11-3, 3.44 ERA) makes his first start since July 14, after being sidelined by a sprained right ankle.White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-3, 2.70 ERA) is 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA over his past nine starts. BOSTON — It was 14 years ago that pinch runner Dave Roberts pulled off what has to be the biggest stolen base in the long history of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.Tuesday night, Roberts, now a manager, brings his Los Angeles Dodgers, seeking the franchise’s first title since 1988, into Fenway for the 2018 World Series.Boston’s Chris Sale faces LA ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 1.Article continues below ...The Red Sox, winners of a franchise-record 108 games during the regular series, cruised to their fourth Series in 15 years (they won the first three, the last in 2013). They needed just nine games to dispose of the New York Yankees and the champion Houston Astros to continue what has been a yellow brick road.The Dodgers, on the other hand, have survived what has been a gauntlet that started when they were 16-26 back in May. They were in third place in the National League West in September, won a 163rd game to advance to the playoffs and then beat the winners of the East (Atlanta) and Central (Milwaukee) winners to reach the promised land.They won Game 7 on the road at Milwaukee Saturday night and will again be without home field advantage for their second straight World Series.This is a matchup of the first- (Boston) and third-highest payrolls in baseball.Both are deep teams and Roberts has gotten it done by playing his entire roster — even sitting veterans like Matt Kemp, who made the All-Star team by carrying the team in the first half.“Honestly http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authenti...der-jersey , we have no choice but to buy into it,” Matt Kemp said with a laugh during the NLDS. “We got guys on the bench that could go somewhere and play every single day and make an impact. But we’re trying to win a championship, and every guy is on the same page.”“We just got so many dangerous guys in our lineup and even on the bench. So it’s pretty cool to see that.”Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig homered and Kershaw closed out the deciding game in Milwaukee.The Red Sox, who have won four in a row and gone 7-2 in the postseason, haven’t played since last Thursday after completing a three-game sweep in Houston.They won those three games without Sale, who started Game 1 (four innings, too many pitches) but missed his Game 5 start due to a stay in the hospital with a stomach ailment he joked (we think) was the result of a belly button ring infection. He was to have started Game 6.“Just had a stomach thing,” said Sale, who earned his first postseason win in the ALDS. “It’s not fun. It’s definitely not fun watching your team. Got to do what you got to do, though. It happened, we dealt with it, and we’re here now. We keep rolling.”While Kershaw has never faced the Red Sox, Sale does own two career appearances — one start — against the Dodgers, but they were back in 2011 and ’12. He allowed nine hits and seven runs and walked five in six innings.Kershaw, who has had his postseason struggles (9-8, 4.09 ERA, lifetime) Charlie Morton Jersey , will be working on short rest but only pitched one inning (15 pitches) Saturday on his throw day. There was some speculation former Red Sox left-hander Rich Hill would start Game 1, but Kershaw makes his first Fenway start.“I don’t really think about that stuff,” Kershaw said. “I appreciate the history and everything that goes along with Fenway Park. But I came here, I don’t know how long ago, 2000-something, and got to at least see it, got to be here, got to appreciate the stadium and things like that.”As far as his team’s journey, the left-hander said, “It doesn’t matter how you get there. But to get to go back after last year is unbelievable. Where we came from this year, it’s a testament to these guys, man. It’s a great group. We’re excited, we’re gonna celebrate tonight, but we don’t want to lose again, so we’ll be ready to go.”Manny Machado, who quickly became a villain in the NLCS with a questionable slide at second and then a kick at the ankle of Jesus Aguilar, has also had his moments against Boston — his 2017 slide on Dustin Pedroia injuring the second baseman’s knee. It’s an injury that’s not fully healed as Pedroia missed all but three games this season.Machado played nine games against the Red Sox this season before being traded to the Dodgers http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authenti...der-jersey , batting .278 with a homer and seven RBIs. Seven of those games were at Fenway, where he hit .310 with the homer and RBIs in seven games.In his career, he has played 95 games against Boston, batting .277 with 16 homers, 52 RBIs and a .796 OPS — .278 with 8/32/.783 in 49 games at Fenway.Machado is 6-for-19 (.316) with a homer against Sale, while former Minnesota Twin is 12-for-47 (.255) with three home runs against the skinny left-hander.J.D. Martinez is 3-for-8 (.375) with a homer against Kershaw, but Eduardo Nunez is 2-for-12 (.167).When the series shifts to Los Angles for Games 3, 4 and 5, the Red Sox will add Martinez, their DH, to the lineup in right field. That will move Betts to either centerfield — or second base. The latter is the spot he was playing as a prospect and he has been working out there in recent days and is ready to go when called.The Series features the first matchup of minority managers — and Cora and Roberts are also the first managers in MLB history who both played for both World Series teams.Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright, who has been out with knee surgery, could be activated for the Series.This is the second World Series matchup between these two old franchises — the Red Sox defeating the Brooklyn Robins 102 years ago.
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