DTDChris Sale SP BOS 5 hours ago
Manager Alex Cora stated that Sale's illness is "nothing serious" and he's expected to join the team in Houston sometime Monday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.
Sale was admitted to a Boston hospital with a stomach illness Sunday, but after being observed for one night he's expected to rejoin the club. Assuming he doesn't suffer any further setbacks, Sale should remain on schedule to pitch Thursday in Game 5 as planned.
Nathan Eovaldi SP BOS 5 hours ago
Eovaldi will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Eovaldi put together a quality outing in his first start of the postseason, tossing seven innings while allowing one run and punching out five. With the series tied 1-1, manager Alex Cora will hand Eovaldi the ball in Houston against a stacked Astros lineup.
DTDChris Sale SP BOS 7 hours ago
Sale was admitted to the hospital due to a stomach illness Sunday, Rob Bradford of WEEI Sports Radio Network reports.
Sale wasn't at the ballpark for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday after being sent to the hospital. He'll be held overnight for observation and the extent of the illness has yet to be identified. Sale is currently scheduled to pitch Game 5, although that could change if the illness is deemed severe.
Yasmani Grandal C LAD 11 hours ago
Grandal is expected to start behind the dish for Game 3 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Monday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Manager Dave Roberts was clearly not pleased by Grandal's performance in Game 1, which lead to his benching in the second game of the series. Roberts stated that he believes Grandal and starting pitcher Walker Buehler have good chemistry, so he's giving Grandal another chance in a pivotal postseason contest.
Charlie Morton SP HOU 12 hours ago
Morton will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Morton was not needed during the Astros' ALDS sweep of the Indians, but with the ALCS being a best-of-7 series, he'll get the start for Game 4. No word has come forth as to who he will face from Boston, however, but he'll have to get through a potent Red Sox offense in his home start Wednesday.
Dallas Keuchel SP HOU 12 hours ago
Keuchel will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
This wasn't a matter of if, but rather a matter of when. Keuchel will now line up for the first game of the series taking place in Houston, though it's currently unclear who will take the ball for Boston. As things stand now, this would potentially line the southpaw up for a Game 7 assignment should the series go that many games.
Eduardo Núñez 2B/SS/3B/LF/DH BOS 13 hours ago
Nunez is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 2 matchup of the ALCS with the Astros, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
Nunez started Game 1 at third base, but he made a couple of critical defensive miscues that allowed Houston to take a 1-0 series lead. As a result, he'll hit the bench for Game 2, allowing Rafael Devers to pick up a start at the hot corner.
Mitch Moreland 1B BOS 13 hours ago
Moreland is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros on Sunday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
Moreland made a pinch-hit appearance in Saturday's series opener, but he'll be held out of the starting lineup once again despite righty Gerrit Cole taking the hill for Houston. It's unclear whether or not this is being caused by his nagging hamstring, but either way, Steve Pearce will pick up another start at first place in his stead.
Rafael Devers 3B BOS 1 day ago
Devers is on the bench for the first game of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Devers has now sat for four of the first five games of the postseason. Eduardo Nunez has started at third base on each occasion, including against righty Justin Verlander on Saturday.
Ian Kinsler 2B BOS 1 day ago
Kinsler is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Kinsler went a solid 4-for-13 with a pair of doubles in the ALDS. Brock Holt (who went 4-for-6 in the series) gets the start at second base.