Red Sox' Martinez not motivated to get revenge on Astros

Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner

He limited the damage from there and regained his footing by retiring seven of the final eight batters he faced, but with the Red Sox hoping for a vintage Sale outing, they instead found themselves trailing 2-0 against dominant Astros starter Justin Verlander with their bullpen on the hook for the final five innings.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said thus year's win over the Yankees provides a mental boost, especially after the Game 2 loss at home.

The two aces, former foes in the American League Central, match up again when their teams square off in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Steve Buckley, columnist for The Athletic.

An infielder who spent 14 years with six big league teams, Cora was in Houston for one year before the Red Sox made him the first minority manager in franchise history - and one of its youngest, too.

"We're very fortunate to have a guy in A.C., who is not very far removed from playing the game, which definitely helps", Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes said.

Red Sox MVP candidate J.D. Martinez is also in his first year with Boston, and his route also came via Houston, but not directly and not almost as smoothly. First from Red Sox radio broadcaster Lou Merloni on Tuesday, the day after the 16-1 laugher that put the Yankees' season on the brink.

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These teams met in the ALDS a year ago, a series won decisively by the Astros on their way to a championship.

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"It seemed like every button he's pushing is the right one".

"I think I learned how to fail, if that's something", Martinez added. He understands the game.

"I think you either want to be in the moment or you don't", Verlander said. "I think he's done a good job of correcting it, but I think it would pop up from time to time".

"I know they're hungry for one and they have a shot right now".

Cora also served as a link to the players, a role that has served him well in Boston.

Boston began the postseason 0-2 on the road at Cleveland in 2016 and again at Houston past year. "We shouldn't play as a team like that, either".

"He was a great coach and he meant a lot to me", Houston shortstop Carlos Correa said Wednesday. "I shouldn't have had him out of there".

Hinch and Cora have maintained a friendship through their year apart, even exchanging text messages through the first round. "The banter, the conversations will probably minimize a little bit over the next couple of days".

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