10/16 01:07 CDT LEADING OFF: Bregman stirs up ALCS, Grandal sits for Dodgers
LEADING OFF: Bregman stirs up ALCS, Grandal sits for Dodgers
By The Associated Press
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Red Sox manager Alex Cora is brushing off the notion that Boston might be
motivated for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series by a brazen social media
post Monday from Astros star Alex Bregman. Houston's third baseman shared a
video on Instagram of his club hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs off Red
Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi during a game in June captioned "lil pregame video
work." Eovaldi was with Tampa Bay at the time and allowed a career-high four
homers in a 5-1 loss. Eovaldi will oppose Dallas Keuchel as the series shifts
Astros manager AJ Hinch had no issue with the online barb but implored Bregman
to "go out and back it up." Eovaldi didn't seem bothered by the video, saying
he doesn't have social media, and Cora dismissed the idea that the post will
give the Red Sox any added push.
"If you need motivation in Game 3 of the ALCS, you better check yourself," he
said. "Because you win three more games, you go to the show, and that's what
should motivate you. Alex has different ways of motivating himself. And
whatever. I'll leave it at that."
Austin Barnes is subbing into the Dodgers' lineup at catcher in place of
struggling Yasmani Grandal for Game 4 of the NL Championship Series. Los
Angeles fans were chanting "We want Austin!" during a 4-0 Game 3 loss Monday
night, and that was before Grandal struck out on three pitches with the bases
loaded in the ninth. Grandal dropped to 3 for 22 in the playoffs with 10
strikeouts and also committed his third passed ball of the series.
The Dodgers' offensive woes aren't just about Grandal. The club went 0 for 10
with runners in scoring position, struck out 14 times and had just five hits
Monday against Jhoulys Chacin and Milwaukee's bullpen. Even worse for LA, the
Brewers only needed shutdown lefty Josh Hader for eight pitches and two outs,
meaning the All-Star could be available for manager Craig Counsell again
Chris Sale is expected to rejoin Boston in time for Game 3 after an overnight
stay in a hospital in Boston because of a stomach illness. Boston said it
planned to wait until he rejoins the team in Houston before deciding when the
lanky lefty will get back on the mound. Sale was released Monday from
Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had gone because of a stomach illness
after he pitched in the series opener at Fenway Park. He was hospitalized
Sunday night for observation and did not travel with the team to Houston.
"Everything's fine," manager Alex Cora said Monday night. "So we'll see how he
feels physically, and then after that we'll decide what we're going to do."
The Rangers have conducted interviews with a half-dozen candidates in their
search for a manager after speaking with Rocco Baldelli and David Bell on
Monday, according to people familiar with the details. Baldelli is the major
league field coordinator for the Tampa Bay Rays. Bell is vice president of
player development for the San Francisco Giants and the son of former Rangers
third baseman Buddy Bell.
Texas is looking to replace Jeff Banister, who was fired with 10 games left the
team's second consecutive losing season.
Of the candidates interviewed so far, former New York Yankees and Florida
Marlins manager Joe Girardi is the only one with major league managerial
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