Neither starter in Game 1 of the ALCS managed to make it out of the third inning.Houston Astros left-hander Framber Valdez was pulled after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while issuing a pair of walks before giving way to reliever Yimi Garcia with two out in the top half of the third.Valdez very nearly escaped the inning surrendering just a solo home run to Enrique Hernandez, but second baseman Jose Altuve committed a fielding error on what could have been an inning-ending double play.Meanwhile, Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale was replaced by Adam Ottavino with two out in the bottom half of the inning.Sale allowed one run on five hits and one walk while throwing 61 pitches. He was responsible for two baserunners at the time of his removal, but neither managed to score.The southpaw was previously yanked from his start in the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays after allowing five earned runs, including a grand slam, in just one inning of work. That temporarily resulted in Sale being moved to the bullpen.Interestingly, both starters struck out the last batter they faced before their respective managers made the call to the bullpen.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez is included on the roster for the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, which begins Thursday.Martinez was questionable after injuring his ankle tripping over second base while running out to play defense in the final game of the regular season Sunday."He is doing OK," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Wednesday, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. "He is moving around. We'll see what he can do today. The goal is for him to do a few things today physically and, you know, we'll make a decision, obviously, tomorrow morning."Boston's full roster for the division series is below.Position players PLAYER POSITION Kevin Plawecki C Christian Vazquez C Christian Arroyo 2B Xander Bogaerts SS Bobby Dalbec 1B Rafael Devers 3B Travis Shaw 1B/3B J.D. Martinez DH/OF Hunter Renfroe OF Kyle Schwarber DH/1B/OF Alex Verdugo OF Enrique Hernandez IF/OF Danny Santana IF/OF Pitchers PLAYER THROWS Ryan Brasier R Austin Davis L Nathan Eovaldi R Tanner Houck R Adam Ottavino R Martin Perez L Nick Pivetta R Garrett Richards R Hansel Robles R Eduardo Rodriguez L Chris Sale L Josh Taylor L Garrett Whitlock R Martinez was a big part of Boston's offense this season, hitting .286/.349/.518 with 28 home runs, 42 doubles, and 99 RBIs.One notable omission from the roster is right-hander Matt Barnes, who saved 24 games for the Red Sox this season. Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.