Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Price falls short again

CLEVELAND — Maybe David Price meant next October.

The Red Sox left-hander and former Rays ace, who put his past postseason failures squarely on the table after signing a seven-year, $217 million contract last offseason by saying, "I think I was just saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox," came up short again in baseball's biggest month.

Price lasted 31/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 24, and Indians right-hander Corey Kluber pitched seven strong innings Friday as the Indians beat the Red Sox 6-0 to take a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.

Price allowed five runs and six hits, falling to 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA as an October starter. He has given up 11 home runs in 37 playoff innings.. He came in 10-2 in his career against the Indians, including 5-0 at Progressive Field.

"I know my number is going to be called again to pitch another game in 2016," Price said. "I want it. I'll be ready."

The Red Sox, who led the majors with 878 runs, have been outscored 11-4 in the series.

"It was a blast," Kluber said.

Boston slugger David Ortiz, who was 0-for-4 and is 1-for-8 in the series, was asked about seeming as angry after the game as he has been all year. "Should I be happy?" he said. "We're getting our (butts) beat."

LeBron James, wearing a blue throwback Indians jersey, was joined by Cavaliers teammates Richard Jefferson, James Jones, Dahntay Jones and J.R. Smith and fired up the crowd on the field moments before the first pitch: "We're here for these guys over here. … It's always us against the world!"

CUBS 1, GIANTS 0: Jon Lester outpitched Johnny Cueto with eight sparkling innings, Javier Baez homered in the eighth and host Chicago beat San Francisco in a tense Game 1 of their NL Division Series. Lester retired his last 13 batters. Aroldis Chapman gave up Buster Posey's two-out double in the ninth then Hunter Pence bounced to second for the final out. The Cubs improved to 93-1 when they took a lead into the ninth this year.

Blue Jays 5, Rangers 3: Edwin Encarnacion capped a three-homer burst in the fifth off Yu Darvish and visiting Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series. Wearing spikes that had "No Panic" printed on them, closer Roberto Osuna got a five-out save. Osuna entered after reliever Francisco Liriano was hit in the neck by Carlos Gomez's line drive. Liriano was cleared to fly home with the team. Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera also homered in the fifth. Troy Tulowitzki's two-run drive in the second put Toronto ahead. The Jays have eight home runs in three postseason games. Darvish became the first pitcher in the postseason to allow four homers in a game since Minnesota's Rick Reed against Oakland in Game 3 of the 2002 ALDS.

Dodgers 4, Nationals 3: Clayton Kershaw earned a rare postseason victory, and rookie Corey Seager and Justin Turner homered off Max Scherzer, leading visiting Los Angeles past Washington in Game 1 of their NL Division Series. Kershaw worked around eight hits with the help of seven strikeouts, and exited after allowing three runs in five innings. He improved to 3-6 in the playoffs. Four relievers combined to allow one hit over four scoreless innings. "It was a grind. A lot of guys on base all the time," Kershaw said. "As close as you can bend without breaking." Said Scherzer: "I made some mistakes, and they cost me."

Decker, Eveland among 4 Rays sent to Triple A

ST. PETERSBURG —The Rays began the process of clearing space on their 40-man roster, dropping outfielder Jaff Decker, infielder Juniel Querecuto and pitchers Dana Eveland and Justin Marks.

All four players were outrighted to Triple-A Durham after clearing waivers, having finished the season in the majors, and will have the opportunity to become free agents by the end of the World Series.

Decker, Eveland and Querecuto had gone home at the end of the minor-league season, then were called back due to injuries to join the Rays for the final weeks. Marks was called up at the end of the Bulls season but pitched only nine innings.

The moves leave the Rays with 36 players, and they will shed two more as right-hander Kevin Jepsen and infielder Alexei Ramirez are free agents. They will have to reinstate shortstop Matt Duffy and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the 60-day DL. Free-agent-to-be Logan Morrison also will be reinstated from the 60-day DL.

BRAVES: Pitching coach Roger McDowell was dismissed, ending his stay with the organization after 11 seasons.

YANKEES: Pitching coach Larry Rothschild will return for his seventh season, getting a one-year deal for 2017. Rothschild, 62, the Rays' first manager, will be entering his 43rd season in pro ball as a player, coach or manager.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

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