Game 1s in Houston and Boston...Game 2s in Milwaukee and LA...Mickelson in contention
HOUSTON (AP) — Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber will start the American League Division Series between the Astros and Indians this afternoon in Houston. Verlander, a 14-year veteran, believes the AL West champion Astros and AL Central champion Indians have the top two rotations in the AL. He thinks the performance of each team’s starters will be paramount to success.
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale starts for Boston tonight when the Red Sox begin their first postseason series since the 2004 American League Championship Series. The left-hander will open Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees, one year after he was bombarded by the championship-bound Houston Astros in his playoff debut. The Yankees will send J.A. Happ to the mound at Fenway Park.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Rockies will try to end their hitting slump today in Milwaukee when they face Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) in Game 2 of their NL Division Series. Colorado had just four hits in a 3-2, 10-inning loss yesterday, two days after beating the Chicago 2-1 in 13 innings in the wild-card game. Left-hander Tyler Anderson starts for the Rockies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitches Game 2 of their NLDS against Atlanta after being passed over for Game 1. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts went with Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN’-jihn YOO) in the series opener at Dodger Stadium, setting up Kershaw to pitch on five days of rest. Ryu responded with seven sharp innings in a 6-0 win. Veteran Anibal Sanchez starts for the Braves.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) —Phil Mickelson finds himself in contention at the PGA’s season-opening Safeway Open, following his winless performance in the U.S. Ryder Cup loss to Europe. Mickelson had six straight birdies and shot a 7-under 65 yesterday to pull within two strokes of leader Sepp Straka, who birdied his final three holes for a 63. Chase Wright had a 64.