LEADING OFF: Astros, Indians seek sweeps; HR-happy playoffs

What fans can expect at Astros home playoff games

All that stands between the Houston Astros and their first American League Championship Series appearance (and first Championship Series appearance of any kind since 2005) is a Game 3 date with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. "We won't take anything for granted". We have been executing a lot of different things. "And what we do got us in the playoffs, and I'm pretty sure it can win us the World Series, too". If there is a Game Five, it is scheduled for 3:00 Central.

Verlander issued two one-out walks in the top of the second which allowed Boston to get one run back on a RBI single from Sandy Leon, but Dustin Pedroia was thrown out reaching for third to end the inning. The Red Sox had previously named Doug Fister as their starter for when the series turns to Boston on Sunday.

Fister has been OK since the Red Sox picked him off waivers in June - he was 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA, including an August in which he was 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA.

For starters, Chris Sale was bad in Game 1.

It's not often you see fireworks before nightfall, but there were plenty exploding in the Red Sox dugout on a Saturday afternoon in Oakland.

Fister has had quite the journey to get to this moment and said, "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".

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For two years now, underwhelming playoff starts have become the norm for the Red Sox, and that's a recipe for failure. He gave up six extra-base hits for just the second time in his career (3 home runs, 3 doubles).

"We have got to go through a protocol here to determine his inactivity before we make a roster move", Farrell said.

The Astros continued to get the better of Sale as Altuve hit his second home run of the game, extending the Astros' lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth. They are young and don't have David Ortiz so it's going to be tough to win this best-of-five series. Boston is known for having some of the most passionate and supportive fans in all of baseball, which could help the Red Sox win both games at Fenway. Sale struggled on Thursday, but he was able to keep the Red Sox in the game. The other news out of the Boston side was Betts, who is dealing with a troublesome left wrist and left Game 2 in the ninth inning, will play. Cable and satellite with Fox Sports 1 can use the Fox Sports Go website or mobile apps to watch this game live streaming online. Drew Pomeranz surrendered four earned runs over two innings to take the loss. Nunez's knee gave way again in the first inning, and he had to be carried off the field by Farrell and a trainer, although it was the medical staff, not Farrell, that cleared Nunez to play.

Fister is 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA in three starts against Houston.

In his last start, Fister faced the Astros on September 29 at Fenway.

Altuve went 10-for-24 with one blast against the Red Sox in the regular season on the way to a career-high.346 overall batting average, a.410 on-base percentage, 24 homers and 81 RBIs. Marwin Gonzalez is 0-for-7.

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