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wins when they host the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night in the second installment of a three-game series.Kansas City (48-95) is coming off a wild 4-3 win in 10 innings in the series opener. The Royals had a runner on second base when Alcides Escobar laid down a sacrifice bunt. White Sox reliever Jeanmar Gomez fired an errant throw to third base to try to catch the lead runner Archie Bradley Jersey , Brian Goodwin, who instead headed home for the winning run.The tough ending marked the sixth loss in a row for Chicago (56-88).Article continues below ...White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey (5-12, 5.44 ERA) will make his 18th start of the season and 30th of his career. Covey has been in the bullpen for the past three weeks but is rejoining the rotation to replace rookie Michael Kopech, who tore a ligament in his elbow and will require Tommy John surgery after only four starts in the big leagues.In seven starts against the Royals, Covey is 0-6 with a 5.87 ERA. He has walked 19 and fanned 20 in 38 1/3 innings. This will be the fourth time this season that Covey has faced Kansas City.The Royals will counter with right-hander Brad Keller (7-6, 3.14 ERA), who will make the 18th start of his rookie campaign. He has limited opponents to three runs in his past 15 innings for a 1.80 ERA during that span.In six career appearances (three starts) against the White Sox, Keller is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA. He has walked seven and struck out 17 in 17 innings. He most recently faced Chicago on Aug. 18, when he earned a win and allowed one run — a solo homer by White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico — in five innings.Keller has made the most of his opportunity since he was selected in last winter’s Rule 5 draft by the Cincinnati Reds and quickly traded to the Royals for a player to be named. The moves gave him an opportunity to jump to the majors after working his way through the Arizona Diamondbacks’ system as an eight-round pick in 2013.“I wouldn’t call it effortless, but he comes at you Curt Schilling Jersey ,” Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star. “He throws strikes with his stuff. He’s not all over the place. He’s not pitching from behind. He’s coming after you.”White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will be available for the second game since coming off the 10-day disabled list. The Cuban slugger needs three more home runs to become the ninth player in history to hit at least 25 homers in each of his first five seasons. Others on the list include Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols.“Everybody knows I was feeling good with my offense before the injury happened,” Abreu said through an interpreter to MLB.com. “Now, I just want to think about the things I can do on a daily basis. We have 18 or 20 games left, and I want to take advantage of every single game.” The American League Championship Series is now a best-of-five ordeal.The Boston Red Sox evened their battle with the Houston Astros at a game apiece with a 7-5 victory in Sunday's Game 2 at Fenway Park. It was the first loss of the postseason for the defending champions.Jackie Bradley Jr. gave Boston the lead for good with a bases-clearing double in the third inning, Mookie Betts provided insurance by scoring in the seventh and driving in a run in the eighth, and the bullpen allowed one run in 4.1 innings to preserve the win. David Price's Postseason Struggles Loom Over Red SoxPrice was the storyline entering the contest, and he did nothing to change the narrative by allowing four earned runs, five hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. His numbers would have been worse if Matt Barnes didn't strand both inherited runners in the fifth.The southpaw is a five-time All-Star who won the 2012 American League Cy Young, but his postseason struggles are an inescapable chapter of his story. He sported a 3.25 career regular-season ERA and 5.28 career postseason ERA before Sunday's poor showing, which took on a here-we-go-again feel when he walked two in the first inning.Sarah Langs SlangsOnSportsDavid Price has allowed multiple runs in 11 straight postseason starts (thats all of his postseason starts) Luis Gonzalez Jersey , tying Roger Clemens for the longest such streak in postseason history.Its also already the longest such streak to start a pitchers postseason career.Unindicted Co-conspirator russbengtsonHow is David Price still allowed to wear Jordans in the postseason? Hes 0-9 in 10 starts! Hes basically the Antijordan at this point.Jerry Crasnick jcrasnickDavid Price might change the narrative one of these days. But it won鈥檛 be tonight.MLB MLBMarwin WAY over the monster. #ALCS rnHMPJU913George Springer (two-run double) and Marwin Gonzalez (two-run homer) brought the inevitable damage in the second and third, respectively, which was more of the same after Price allowed three earned runs, three hits, two home runs and two walks in just 1.2 innings of Boston's only loss in the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.Boston is in the middle of a competitive window, and these playoff issues are going to loom beyond just this season. He won't become an unrestricted free agent until 2023 if he exercises his player option, and he figures to do just that since he is due north of $30 million in each of the next four years.As for the current World Series chase, Price's lackluster outings put additional pressure on the bullpen, Rick Porcello鈥攚ho had a 4.75 career playoff ERA before he pitched in relief Sunday鈥攁nd Nathan Eovaldi鈥攚ho has one playoff start on his resume. Even Chris Sale is a question mark after Boston announced its ace was admitted to the hospital for evaluation because of a stomach illness.The Red Sox will be in dire straights if one or more members of the starting rotation struggle and create a situation in which Price takes the hill in a must-win game. Cole's Poor Outing Ramps Up the Pressure on Keuchel, MortonJustin Verlander is a headline-maker for the Astros Gregor Blanco Jersey , but Gerrit Cole formed a dominant one-two punch after coming over from the Pittsburgh Pirates during the offseason. He finished the 2018 campaign with a 2.88 ERA and career-best marks of a 1.03 WHIP and 276 strikeouts and continued his success by allowing just one earned run with 12 strikeouts in seven innings in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians.However, he wasn't the same force Sunday and allowed five runs (four earned), six hits and two walks while striking out five in six innings. He hurt himself with a throwing error before Rafael Devers' RBI single in the first inning made it 2-0, but Bradley's hit in the third was the dagger.MLB MLBJBJ! The RedSox strike back. #ALCS 80ned6VT7cZachary quot;Doomquot; Rymer zachrymerRed Sox have as many hits through one inning of Game 2 as they did through nine innings in Game 1.The lackluster showing changed the formula for the Astros against the best offense in all of baseball. Houston was in a position where Verlander and Cole could have clinched a spot in the World Series by winning all four of their combined starts, but Dallas Keuchel or Charlie Morton will need to deliver to keep the chances of a back-to-back title alive.That won't be an easy task considering the Red Sox led all of baseball in runs (876), hits (1,509), doubles (355), batting average (.268), on-base percentage (.339) and slugging percentage (.453) and have momentum after beating Cole.Keuchel may not be on the level of Verlander or Cole this year Blake Parker Jersey , but he won the 2015 AL Cy Young and beat the Red Sox in last year's ALDS. He also earned a win over the Indians in this year's ALDS, allowing two earned runs in five innings, and has a 3.28 ERA in nine playoff appearances.He is also well-positioned as a left-hander to neutralize Devers, Andrew Benintendi and Bradley, who all tallied RBI from the left side of the plate in Sunday's win.As for Morton, his next playoff appearance will be his first this year, but he made four postseason starts during last year's World Series run and finished with a career-best 3.13 ERA during the 2018 season.Keuchel and Morton will be tasked with facing a Boston offense that is daunting beyond just the MVP candidates in Betts and J.D. Martinez. The contributions of Devers, Benintendi and Bradley underscore how dangerous the Red Sox are throughout a lineup that will continue to put pressure on the Houston starters.Someone besides Verlander and Cole will need to be cool under that pressure to clinch another American League championship.What's Next?The series shifts to Houston for Tuesday's Game 3, where an Astros team that was 46-35 at home and 57-24 on the road during the regular season will try to capitalize on home-field advantage.

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