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Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters following Sunday night's ALCS Game 2 win over the Astros that Chris Sale, who checked in to Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday night with a stomach illness, should be fine and is hopeful the staff ace will re-join the team when the series comes to Houston.

Price's starting line in ALCS Game 2 was on the homely side - 4-2/3 innings, five hits, one homer, four runs, four walks and four strikeouts, 80 pitches - but it was also somewhat misleading and inconclusive. The right-hander struck out 12 over seven innings in a 3-1 win Game 2 win against Cleveland in the Division Series. The Red Sox haven't yet named a starter but the Astros will go with Dallas Keuchel.

Before the game, Cora said that he expected "a good outing, honestly, a quality start" out of Price. We're just happy when Price doesn't bury his team in the first two innings. Both failed to minimize it, Price allowing a two-run double to George Springer in the second and a two-run homer to Marwin Gonzalez in the third, and Cole giving up a three-run double to left by Jackie Bradley Jr.in the third.

Still, with all that said, Sunday night qualified as a victory in the morale department for Price.

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An RBI double that inning by right fielder Mookie Betts brought home the final Boston run and gave Kimbrel an extra cushion.

Cora's faith in Price led him to name him the Game 2 starter as soon as the Red Sox clinched in NY, before anybody else could question the decision. I expect myself to be great in big moments, and I haven't done that thus far in my career. His last time on the mound, against the Yankees, featured an ugly, 1⅔ -inning performance, as his October failures have shifted from a narrative that was media-driven to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Verlander gave up a hit, walked three, and wild-pitched in a run in the fifth and was lucky to get a call the helped him out of the inning.

"It's definitely appreciated", he said of the fan support Sunday night. "I came here to win, period". "It wasn't the line I dreamed up to have, but our offense, our defense, everybody rallied together".

Kimbrel, however, induced a fly out from Bregman to secure the win.

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