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Heyman | John Farrell's time should be up in Boston

Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers celebrates his two-run home run against the Houston Astros as he runs the bases during the third inning in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday Oct. 8 2017 in Boston Glove-Aided Dinger Helps Red Sox Stave Off Elimination
Montrelle Montesinos | 13 Octubre, 2017, 16:47

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Jose Altuve was the star for the Astros in Game 1 and the entire top of the order shone in Game 2 on Friday. "I can't begin to talk about what the offseason plans are, and what changes may be realized, but there's still good things that are going on here".

The 20-year-old Red Sox rookie easily circled the bases before the throw to make it 5-4.

Astros Game 3 starter Brad Peacock earned some valuable experience at Fenway Park as he pitched against the Red Sox on September 28 and allowed two runs in five innings. Then the never-say-die Royals ripping out the Astros' heart - seven runs in the final two innings; hits that kept coming and outs that never appeared - and a magical year evaporating into embarrassment and pain.

In the top of the ninth, pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double off Kimbrel for a 5-3 lead. "I mean, we won the division", said Pedroia. But at the end of the day, this was a team that was too preoccupied with what was going on outside of the clubhouse, too obsessed with pointing fingers and avoiding admission of failure.

Boston won back-to-back American League East titles for the first time in franchise history this season despite losing the bat of retired slugger David Ortiz.

Awkward? You bet. But it also underscored the matter-of-factness with which ownership and the front office regarded Farrell's standing within the organization. Farrell did a nice job overall, and should be a quality candidate for any job he applies for. And they always knew that the only way to truly move forward was to not let their next ALDS series slip away.

Carlos Carrasco appears to be the perfect man to shut the door on the Yankees and give the Indians some needed days off before the start of the ALCS.

In New York, Greg Bird led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer, and Aroldis Chapman posted a five-out save as the Yankees staved off elimination. This scored Cameron Maybin, who was running for Gattis. That will do wonders for the confidence of Gary Sanchez and others as they return home to keep the season alive.

In the third, Benintendi had a hard-hit single to right. Dustin Pedroia had a horrific series, frustrated no doubt by the knee injury that had him less than 100% and you could see his frustration boil over in the second inning when he was called out on a questionable third strike and went ballistic on the umpire, needing manager John Farrell to emerge from the dugout to intervene so his second baseman wouldn't get thrown out of the game.

The lineup is almost certain to be improved next year, even without the acquisition of someone such as Hosmer (who would fit perfectly) or J.D. Martinez.

Bird helped the Yankees force Game 4 on Monday when he lifted a fastball on a 1-1 count from left-hander Andrew Miller into the second deck in right field.

The game was played in an off-and-on drizzle, with the expected downpour holding off. The Astros defense was also well positioned, turning 19 of 24 ground balls into outs (79 percent). The ball ricocheted off the wall and toward the right-field corner, and Devers sprinted around the bases for an inside-the-park home run to cut the deficit to one run, at 5-4.

Houston looks like the real deal. We dealt with a lot and our fight continued every single day.

The only manager other than Terry Francona to win a World Series in Boston since 1918 does not deserve to be fired. And I know it's not easy.