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Astros look to close out regular season strong against A's

When the Houston Astros won 12 of 16 games to move 30 games over .500 on Sept.22, they appeared primed to cruise to the finish line in the American League West race.

However, the coronation didn’t come easy for the Astros. They lost five of six games before winning the rubber match of a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Thursday to clinch their fourth division title in five seasons.

The Astros will close the regular season with a three-game weekend series against the Oakland Athletics starting Friday.

The Astros, who have qualified for the playoffs in five consecutive seasons for the first time in club history, were elated to clinch at home.

“We wanted to do it as early as possible obviously to rest our guys up and get ready, but to do it in front of the fans here (is satisfying),” Astros general manager James Click said.”To have our fans back here, thinking back to a year ago when we qualified for the playoffs and that whole experience without the fans, the energy in the ballpark was awesome. It was great having everybody back.”

A pair of lefties will match up in the series opener, with Framber Valdez (11-5, 2.98 ERA) getting the nod for the Astros against Sean Manaea (10-10, 3.94).

Manaea has already established single-season highs in starts (31), innings (173 2/3) and strikeouts (188) but will fall short of matching his career high of 12 victories set in 2017 and matched the following season.

Manaea went 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA over five starts in September and is 3-7 with a 3.44 ERA over 18 career starts against the Astros.He is 0-2 in five starts against Houston this season with a 3.86 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings.

Valdez is 0-1 with a 3.42 ERA in five career games (three starts) against the Athletics. He started two games against Oakland this season but failed to get a decision while giving up seven runs (six earned) in 11 2/3 innings.

The Athletics had their thin postseason hopes snuffed on Wednesday when the red-hot Seattle Mariners capped a three-game series sweep that eliminated Oakland from playoff contention.

Oakland swept the Astros at home last weekend to remain in the postseason hunt.However, detik the Athletics lost 15 of 19 games against Seattle this season, and their inability to string together another win streak similar to the 13-game run they enjoyed in April proved to be their undoing.

The Athletics spent 61 days in first place in the AL West.

“I think we were a little too streaky over the course of the season,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said.”We’d win a few in a row and then go on some losing streaks. I think consistency was our biggest issue this year. We started off six in a row losing, we had a 13-game winning streak. We were just too up and down.

“We expect to go to the postseason. We did at the beginning of the season, and we have the last three years.We were in a position at one point and time, and we didn’t close it out down the stretch.”

–Field Level Media

Dodgers hit five homers, keep pace with Giants

Another day, another onslaught of Dodgers home runs.

Los Angeles hit five more long balls in an 8-3 victory Thursday to cap their late-season domination of the visiting San Diego Padres.

Mookie Betts and Corey Seager belted consecutive home runs to open the first inning, and Justin Turner and AJ Pollock went back-to-back in the fourth as the Dodgers held off the Padres one day after they hit six long balls in a comeback victory over San Diego.

Seager added another home run in the seventh inning.

The Dodgers (103-56) have won nine of their past 11 games and will head into the weekend trailing the first-place Giants by two games in their bid for a ninth consecutive National League West title.San Francisco beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 minutes after the Dodgers’ game ended.

Ha-Seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr. homered for the Padres, who lost their ninth consecutive meeting with the Dodgers and were swept by their division rival for the third consecutive series.

San Diego (78-81) has lost six in a row overall and 11 of the past 12.

Tatis’ two-run home run in the fifth inning was the sixth ball ever hit out of Dodger Stadium after his blast bounced off the top of left field pavilion roof.The shot was measured at 467 feet.

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead two batters into the game when Betts hit his 23rd of the season and Seager socked his 14th. Seager hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning Wednesday as the Dodgers prevailed 11-9.

Kim pulled the Padres within a run at 2-1 with his eighth of the season, a second-inning shot to left-center field against Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin.

The Dodgers’ second set of consecutive home runs came in the fourth when Turner hit his 26th of the season and Pollock hit his 20th.The four early home runs came against Padres starter Vince Velasquez (3-9).

After Tatis’ mammoth blast got the Padres within a run at 4-3, the Dodgers began to pull away in the sixth with RBI singles from Will Smith and Cody Bellinger as well as a run-scoring sacrifice fly from Pollock.

Seager’s 15th of the season in the seventh made it 8-3.

Gonsolin gave up three runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings, detik while Corey Knebel (4-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the victory.

Velasquez yielded six runs on six hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings.He struck out seven.

–Field Level Media

Diana Taurasi pours in 37 as Mercury rout Aces in Game 2

Diana Taurasi scored a career-playoff-high 37 points and the visiting Phoenix Mercury never trailed in a 117-91 victory over the Las Vegas Aces that evened their best-of-five WNBA semifinal playoff series at 1-1 Thursday night.

Taurasi, playing just her third game after a five-game absence due to an ankle injury, made 10 of 13 field goals, including 8 of 11 from 3-point range, and all nine of her free throws.

Brittney Griner scored 16 of her 25 points in the first quarter as the fifth-seeded Mercury got off to a fast start for the second consecutive game and never slowed down. They shot 60.6 percent from the floor, including 53.8 percent on 3-point attempts.

Skylar Diggins-Smith added 17 points and Kia Nurse and detik Shey Peddy scored 11 each for Phoenix, which will host Game 3 on Sunday afternoon.

Kelsey Pulm scored 25 points, Riquna Williams added 17, Liz Cambage had 13, A’ja Wilson had 12 and Chelsea Gray and Jackie Young 10 each to lead the second-seeded Aces.

Phoenix led by 16 at halftime, but Cambage’s basket pulled Las Vegas within 72-60.

Taurasi scored eight points as the Mercury increased the lead to 82-63 midway through the period.

Phoenix led by as many as 23 before holding a 98-78 edge at the end of the period.

The Mercury, who led by nine points at the end of the first quarter in Game 1, had an even stronger first quarter Thursday.

Taurasi scored five points as Phoenix raced to a 13-2 lead.Wilson’s jumper pulled the Aces within 23-15.

Griner scored 10 of her team’s final 14 points as Phoenix took a 37-20 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Mercury made 16 of 19 shots in their highest-scoring quarter of the season.

Phoenix extended the lead to 19 before Vegas closed within 52-40.

Diggins-Smith and Peddy each made a 3-pointer to help the Mercury take a 68-52 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

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November 13, 2021   Uncategorized   No comments

Also-ran Rangers, Indians open season-ending series

The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers aren’t headed to the playoffs, but they should be motivated to play well during the final weekend of the regular season.

While most of the attention will be focused on playoff chases elsewhere in the majors, the Indians and Rangers will quietly look to build momentum for next season when they meet on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas.

The Rangers (59-100) achieved one of their more inspiring wins of the season on Thursday afternoon, rallying from an early 5-0 deficit against the visiting Los Angeles Angels to win 7-6.

Texas manager Chris Woodward was so impressed with his team’s competitiveness and desire that he gave an impromptu speech in the clubhouse afterward.

“You would think we were trying to fight for a wild-card spot, and we just lost our 100th game (Wednesday) night,” Woodward said.”It speaks volumes to who we have in that clubhouse and who we will have in that clubhouse when we turn this thing around.”

One of the highlights on Thursday was a two-run homer by Texas right fielder Adolis Garcia, which gave him 31 home runs and 90 RBIs on the season, breaking the franchise rookie records set by Pete Incaviglia in 1986.

“Obviously, he’s had a heck of a year. All-Star, all of the above,” Woodward said.”All the accolades, he deserves.”

After spending a big chunk of the season trying to keep pace with the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central, the Indians fell below .500 on Sept. 8 and haven’t had a winning record since.

The Indians (78-81) guaranteed themselves their first non-winning season in nine years with a 10-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.Cleveland bounced back to win the series finale 6-1 on Thursday.

Cleveland plans to send rookie right-hander Eli Morgan (4-7, 5.27 ERA) to the mound in the series opener in Texas. After battling through a rough start in the majors, detik he has been a bright spot lately — winning his past two starts, both against quality opponents.

He beat the host New York Yankees on Sept.19, holding them to one run and six hits in six innings of an 11-1 win.

Morgan came back on Saturday and blanked the White Sox on one hit over six innings in a 6-0 victory.

“My fastball command has been key,” Morgan said. “If I can go in and establish it down early, it makes the changeup more effective.”

The Rangers plan to counter with Spencer Howard (0-4, 7.04), who is still looking to log enough innings in a game to be eligible for his first win with Texas.His longest outing as a Ranger was four innings Sept. 24 at Baltimore, where he gave up six hits and four runs in a no-decision.

Howard will have to deal with Cleveland slugger Jose Ramirez, the only player in the majors with at least 35 home runs, 100 RBIs, 100 runs and 25 stolen bases this season.

“He’s checked just about all the boxes,” Cleveland interim manager DeMarlo Hale said.”It’s nice to see him do that within the framework of the game. He got his 100th (RBI) and I think he’ll have an opportunity to get a few more.”

Ramirez needs four stolen bases to have at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season for the second time in his career.

–Field Level Media

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October 3, 2021   Uncategorized   105 Comments

Twins visit Royals with chance to avoid division cellar

Heading into the final series of the season, the Kansas City Royals still can finish anywhere between third and fifth in the American League Central.

As the Royals prepare to face the Minnesota Twins, manager Mike Matheny is concerned about one thing, and detik it’s not where his team finishes in the standings.

“All I’m concern about is how well we play,” Matheny said.

“The other stuff takes care of itself. The record is going to be a byproduct of playing the game the right way.”

The Royals (73-86) will host the Twins (71-88) on Friday night. The Twins will need a sweep to avoid the AL Central cellar.

Minnesota will give the start to right-hander John Gant (5-10, 3.74 ERA).

The Royals have not announced their starter.

Both teams lost Thursday night. The Royals fell to the Indians 6-1, while the Twins lost to the Tigers 10-7.

Matheny has been using the same line all season, and one final series isn’t going to change it.

“We play to win,” Matheny said.

“I’m excited about how the guys have been playing lately. It is good that we have a number of guys chasing different things they’d like to achieve. Mostly what we’re trying to achieve is winning habits, the habit of going out and putting together really good baseball, every single day. Unfortunately, we only have four days left to do that.

“A lot of times you get to this point in the season with a team that doesn’t have their name written down in that playoff book, and there’s a whole lot of different perspectives.

This team has done a great job of putting their heads down and realizing that it’s an opportunity to play a game they love and do it really well. It’s all I can expect and hope for.”

One of those Royals who is “chasing different things” is Salvador Perez, who leads the majors in home runs (48) and RBIs (121). He put a scare into Royals fans Wednesday night when he slipped heading into the dugout and had to be removed. But he was in the lineup Thursday — as the designated hitter — and went 1-for-4 with a double.

Gant has lost seven of his last eight decisions. His biggest issue has been the number of innings per start. In six games since rejoining the rotation, he’s averaging 3.5 innings. In his last start, he allowed two runs (one earned) in three innings against Toronto.

He’s 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three relief appearances against the Royals.

While the Royals have seen improvement this year, the Twins have been a disappointment. The two-time reigning AL Central champs came into 2021 thinking a “three-peat” was a reasonable expectation. Now they’re focused on returning to contention in 2022.

“I fully anticipate this offseason we’re going to try to find a way to get better for ’22 and beyond,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey told MLB.com. “I’ve approached each of the last three offseasons, really even going back after `17, with an approach: `How do we find a way to get better now and in the future?’ We talk about sustainability.

In order to do that, you have to keep an eye on short term and long term.

“We’re going to find a way to invest in next year’s team. This is not with an eye toward five years down the line.”

–Field Level Media

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October 3, 2021   Uncategorized   No comments

Rugby League-'Grumpy' Bennett bids for record eighth NRL title as…

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Master mentor Wayne Bennett will bid to extend his record to eight National Rugby League (NRL) titles as a coach on Sunday in his last match in charge of South Sydney when the Rabbitohs take on Penrith Panthers in the championship-deciding Grand Final.

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the top flight of Australian rugby league over the past two seasons and a small outbreak in Brisbane could yet scupper the showpiece game if authorities pull the lockdown trigger.

But Bennett has risen above the chaos to steer the ‘Bunnies’ to their first Grand Final since their drought-breaking 2014 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

While written off several times as a coaching force since taking St George Illawarra to the 2010 title, the last of his championships, the 71-year-old is still at the top of his game.

He has had to be this season, with the Rabbitohs suffering a huge blow in the leadup to the playoffs when elite fullback Latrell Mitchell was banned for the rest of the campaign for a high hit on Sydney Roosters’ Joseph Manu.

“If I was washed up as coach, I wouldn´t coach another day because I would be letting too many people down,” Bennett told reporters after the 36-16 win over Manly last week.

It was one of a series of remarks that would have stung Brisbane Broncos fans, three years after the club fired the man who delivered them six titles and took them to the 2015 decider.

The Broncos have finished in the bottom three of the 16-team league the last two seasons and seen multiple coaches come and go.

While unsmiling, taciturn and prickly with the media, Bennett is loved by his players and generally gets the best out of them, detik as seen with 36-year-old playmaker Benji Marshall, who seemed out of options when cut by Wests Tigers last year.

“I love playing for Wayne even though he’s a bit grumpy sometimes,” Marshall told reporters this week.

“I think his biggest attribute is on game day. He expects you to know your role and gives you the confidence that if you know your role you can deliver on the day.”

While Bennett has nothing left to prove in the game, his opposite number Ivan Cleary is under pressure to deliver after the Panthers were stunned 26-20 by Melbourne Storm in last year’s Grand Final despite dominating the regular season.

Cleary also missed out in the 2011 Grand Final as coach of the New Zealand Warriors, nine years after losing the 2002 decider as a player for the team.

Cleary’s redemption bid is shared by his halfback son Nathan, who has been instrumental in the Panthers’ resurgence and bravely carried a shoulder injury through to the decider.

“Once you pull on that jersey, no one cares what niggles you have, you´ve just got to get out there and do your best for the team and show that pride in the jersey,” said the 23-year-old.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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October 2, 2021   Uncategorized   1 Comment

Penrith back rock-solid defence for title

In the grand final of a season when attack has been king, Penrith will back a defensive record that’s the best any NRL side has produced in 13 years.

Despite increased fatigue with greater game speed in 2021, the Panthers have been able to pull off an incredible defensive display by replicating their rock-solid wall from last season.

For the past two years the Panthers have leaked an average of less than 12 points a game – a feat not previously achieved since Melbourne’s 2007 and 2008 seasons.

That’s despite a stack of points-scoring records being broken and the most points scored in a season since 2005 ramping up the difficulty of the assignment.

“I’m super proud of this team,” said coach Ivan Cleary ahead of Sunday’s grand detik final against South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium.

“The defence is something we care about and work a lot at, put a lot of time into and I feel like it helps us, certainly helped us the last few weeks in tough situations.

“Historically any team that’s been any good has that good defence.

“I’m sure it’s going to help us again on Sunday.”

Defensive coach Cameron Ciraldo is the man behind the system, which was implemented in 2019 but took until mid-year that season to sink in.

The effect has been perfected across the past two years with hopes it will win them a premiership against South Sydney’s wicked attack on Sunday.

“The systems we’ve got now is just incredible,’ said Panthers forward Liam Martin.

“I have played under (Ciraldo) for a while, he coached me in under-20s back in 2016.

“I had a bit of a taste of his thought logic and how he sets things up back then.

“All the boys have bought into it, and the last couple of years the results have spoken for themselves.”

According to grand final skipper Isaah Yeo, the biggest key to their tight defence is trust.

The repetition of a system taught from the lower grades through to the NRL team with a squad of close-knit players makes it a perfect storm for water-tight defence.

“In the past two years we have been the top defensive side and that has obviously been a goal of ours for the past two seasons to get to this point,” he said.

“We obviously have great coaches here too who keep us all accountable…and then we are lucky it has shown up in big games like it has the past few weeks.

“It is something we are very proud of. It doesn’t just happen.

“You’ve got to go out and do it on the field, trust one another, trust the systems.

“It’s so important against a side that attacks so well, they are all on the same page when they’re attacking and obviously we have to try and combat that with making sure we’re all defensively on the same page.”

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October 2, 2021   Uncategorized   No comments

UPDATE 1-S.Korea broadband firm sues Netflix after traffic surge…

By Joyce Lee

SEOUL, Oct 1 (Reuters) – South Korean Internet service provider SK Broadband has sued Netflix to pay for costs from increased network traffic and maintenance work because of a surge of viewers to the U.S.

firm’s content, an SK spokesperson said on Friday.

The move comes after a Seoul court said Netflix should “reasonably” give something in return to the internet service provider for network usage, and multiple South Korean lawmakers have spoken out against content providers who do not pay for network usage despite generating explosive traffic.

Netflix said it will review SK Broadband’s claim, and seek dialogue and explore ways in the meantime to work with SK Broadband to ensure customers are not affected.

The popularity of the hit series “Squid Game” and other offerings have underscored Netflix’s status as the country’s second-largest data traffic generator after Google’s YouTube, but the two are the only ones to not pay network usage fees, which other content providers such as Amazon, Apple and Facebook are paying, SK said.

Netflix’s data traffic handled by SK jumped 24 times from May 2018 to 1.2 trillion bits of data processed per second as of September, SK said, riding on the success of several Netflix productions from Korea including “Squid Game” and “D.P.”

SK Broadband said it lodged a lawsuit against Netflix for it to pay for using SK’s networks since Netflix began using SK’s dedicated line starting 2018 to deliver increasingly larger amounts of data-heavy, high-definition video content to viewers in Korea from servers in Japan and Hong Kong.

Last year, Netflix had brought its own lawsuit on whether it had any obligation to pay SK for detik network usage, arguing Netflix’s duty ends with creating content and leaving it accessible.

It said SK’s expenses were incurred while fulfilling its contractual obligations to Internet users, and delivery in the Internet world is “free of charge as a principle”, according to court documents.

But the Seoul Central District Court ruled against Netflix in June, saying that SK is seen as providing “a service provided at a cost” and it is “reasonable” for Netflix to be “obligated to provide something in return for the service”.

SK estimated the network usage fee Netflix needed to pay was about 27.2 billion won ($22.9 million) in 2020 alone, the court document said.

Netflix has appealed against the ruling, court records showed, with fresh proceedings to start in late December.

Netflix said in a statement on Wednesday that it contributed to the creation of about 16,000 jobs in South Korea stemming from about 770 billion won in investments, as well as an economic effect of about 5.6 trillion won.

Ruling party lawmaker Kim Sang-hee said on Wednesday that out of South Korea’s top 10 data traffic generators, 78.5% of the traffic came from foreign content providers, up from 73.1% a year earlier, with “Google-YouTube and Netflix that account for the majority turning a blind eye to network usage fees”.

($1 = 1,187.3400 won) (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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October 2, 2021   Uncategorized   No comments

LaMonte Wade Jr.'s walk-off hit carries Giants past Diamondbacks

Old pals Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford got the better of left-hander Madison Bumgarner in his San Francisco reunion Thursday night, but it was a walk-off single by LaMonte Wade Jr.

that eventually lifted the Giants to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

With a sweep of Arizona that completed a 17-2 demolition for the season series, the Giants (105-54) remained two games up on the Los Angeles Dodgers (103-56) entering the final three games of the regular season.

The Giants wrap up at home against the San Diego Padres, while the Dodgers host the Milwaukee Brewers.

After rallying from a 3-0 deficit, the Giants pushed across the game-winner in the ninth.

Wilmer Flores doubled with one out, Donovan Solano was intentionally walked and Curt Casali drew an unintentional walk from Joe Mantiply (0-3), loading the bases for Wade.

While Giants fans were awaiting their former World Series hero taking the mound in the last of the first, the Diamondbacks jumped on San Francisco starter Scott Kazmir for three runs in the top of the inning.

Carson Kelly and Pavin Smith drove in runs with singles, before reliever Kervin Castro, in for an injured Kazmir (leg injury), walked Geraldo Perdomo with the bases loaded to make it 3-0.

After a nice ovation, the first two Giants greeted Bumgarner with hits, detik with Darin Ruf’s double driving in Austin Slater, who had singled.

Posey had two RBIs against his old batterymate, one on a sacrifice fly in the third and another on a double that tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth.

In between, Crawford belted his 24th home run of the season, a solo shot.

Bumgarner was pulled after five innings in a 4-4 game, charged with all four runs on eight hits.

He struck out four and did not issue a walk.

Arizona’s fourth run was the product of an Ildemaro Vargas triple in the fifth.

Tyler Rogers (7-1), who worked scoreless eighth and ninth innings, was credited with the win.

Kazmir faced just six batters, allowing three runs on three hits while getting just one out.

He walked two and didn’t strike out anyone.

The left-hander was starting in place of Johnny Cueto, who returned from a strained right elbow to throw 2 1/3 innings of relief. He allowed Arizona’s fourth run.

Slater finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Ruf added a pair of hits for the Giants, who have won six in a row.

Christian Walker had four hits and Kelly a pair for Arizona, which lost its fourth straight.

–Field Level Media

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September 7, 2021   Uncategorized   No comments

Wander Franco leads surging Rays against Red Sox

Wander Franco’s impact for the Tampa Bay Rays has been as advertised, but even his exploits were overshadowed by his club’s 11-10 comeback win in 10 innings over the host Boston Red Sox on Monday.

Franco and his teammates — winners of 10 of 17 over Boston — will try to capture the three-game series with another win Tuesday in the second contest.

It was a Monday to remember for the American League East-leading Rays (87-51), who overcame a 7-1 deficit after two innings against Chris Sale to claim their majors-leading 43rd come-from-behind win.

Prior to the comeback, the Rays were 0-69 all-time when trailing Boston by six or more runs.

Franco, 20, tripled in the first inning and posted the first four-hit game (4-for-6, three runs) of his career.

He also went shoulder-to-shoulder with a Hall of Famer in the process.

The shortstop tied Mickey Mantle (1951-52) for the second-longest on-base streak in baseball history by a player under 21, extending his run to 36 games.

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson reached base safely in 43 straight as a 20-year-old in 1956.

During his streak, Franco, a switch hitter, is batting .336 (48-for-143) with 36 runs and 26 RBIs.

“I continue to say it, he’s really talented, really special and helps us in so many ways,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

But Franco’s exploits were an afterthought following the Rays’ longest game of 2021 — 4 hours, 54 minutes — in a Labor Day affair that seemed to have something for everyone.

Austin Meadows completed the comeback in the ninth with an inside-the-park home run — the club’s third this season.

Nelson Cruz hit an eighth-inning solo homer and gave the team its first lead with his third RBI in the 10th.

In their past 15 games, the Rays have been victorious 12 times, have five comeback wins, are averaging 6.5 runs per contest and detik are batting .309 with runners in scoring position.

Most important — and improbably after the first two frames Monday — they increased their lead over the second-place New York Yankees to 8 1/2 games in the division.

Tampa Bay’s Drew Rasmussen (1-1, 3.38 ERA) goes to the hill Tuesday and will face the Red Sox for the fifth time ever and third as a starter.

He has no record and a 2.53 ERA against them.

With all that Boston (79-61) has been through the past 10 games or so, manager Alex Cora has a clear message to his club in the final push of the season.

Just keep winning more than it loses.

With Nick Pivetta and Danny Santana added to the COVID-19 injury list, the number increased to 11 Boston players sidelined — five pitchers and six position players.

“It’s not about winning 30 games in a row at this point. It’s winning series,” Cora said Sunday.

“If we win series, we’ll be there.”

His group hasn’t lost a series since dropping three games in the Bronx to the New York Yankees in mid-August.

The third-place Red Sox play 10 of their final 22 games at home, but they are just 24-25 since the All-Star break and 36-29 against the division.

Projected starter Eduardo Rodriguez (11-7, 4.88 ERA) was brilliant over six scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Rays 4-0 Thursday in Florida.

The Venezuelan pitcher is now 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA in 12 career starts against Tampa Bay.

–Field Level Media

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