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The major league batting champion put on an unprecedented show of power on Thursday as Houston roughed up Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox 8-2 in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

All week Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been answering questions about what it feels like to be starting his first postseason game. He gave up seven runs on nine hits, including three home runs, and exited without recording an out in the sixth inning of a game Boston went on to lose 8-2. Gattis hit his second double of the game followed by a Reddick walk with no outs in the bottom of the sixth to end Sale's day. The Sox are picking a bad time to pull another vanishing act.

The stakes: The Red Sox entered the season with a super-rotation of Chris Sale, David Price and 2016 Cy Young victor Rick Porcello, so, of course, with their season on the line, they turn to a starter they claimed on waivers in June.

Nunez missed all but one of the Red Sox' final 20 regular season games and had to be carried off the field following his first at-bat against the Astros.

The Astros played their final four games of the regular season at Fenway, taking three, which may have helped with the transition into the postseason. When he had bases loaded at one point in the game you can tell though the TV that there was not a single person in the ballpark that wasn't chanting the three letters.

Boston would be unable to trim the lead down despite getting a couple of two-out hits off of Harris in the eighth before Liriano was brought in to get the last out of the inning.

You can catch Game 3 at 1:38 p.m. ET on Sunday. He pitched a scoreless first, allowing a run in the third and two in the fifth in a 3-2 loss.

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The Red Sox have hit.227 with four extra-base hits, all doubles, in the first two games. Four earned runs later, and he was out of the ballgame. He became the ninth player in history-after the likes of Albert Pujols, George Brett and Babe Ruth-to hit three home runs in a playoff game, and he did not seem remotely cowed by the stage.

Verlander, a trade-deadline acquisition for the Astros, has gone 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA since coming over from Detroit. Kudos to the Boston hitters, they didn't go down so easy as they made Keuchel work in a few at-bats. Drew Pomeranz couldn't get out of the third.

In my mind the most probable starter for Game 3 would have been Rick Porcello, last year's Cy Young Award victor.

Brad Peacock starts for the Astros against Doug Fister. They're now down 2-0 in a best-of-five ALDS against the Houston Astros. They nearly did that in 2015, but the Royals came back to win Games 4 and 5.

"We have been backed into a corner before, it's nothing that we haven't been able to overcome, and it comes down to execution now", Fister said Saturday.

Charlie Morton, who beat Fister at Fenway last weekend, is Houston's "if necessary" Game 4 starter, while the Red Sox haven't named a starter if that game is played Monday. "I'll just focus on my game plan and I'll stick to my strengths and I'm pretty sure that players do a lot better when they stick to their strengths".

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