Potential MVP Mookie Betts hopes to lead the Red Sox into the World Series.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

As heart rates in Boston begin to get back to normal, anxiety levels are going up in Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Houston as the Brewers, Dodgers and Astros prepare to play in the League Championship Series.

The Red Sox were the last of the four teams to advance, as they sweated out a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees Tuesday night to give them a 3-1 victory in their American League Division Series.

Boston had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night with closer Craig Kimbrel on the mound. Kimbrel gave up two runs and the tying run was on second when Gleyber Torres hit a slow roller to third. Eduardo Nunez charged the ball and threw Torres out by a fraction, and the play survived replay review and led to a Red Sox celebration.

The Astros quickly disposed of the Cleveland Indians in three games and have been off since finishing that series Monday afternoon.

The Red Sox and Astros will begin the ALCS Saturday night, and the Red Sox have homefield advantage based on their 108-win regular-season total. First pitch is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. ET and will be televised by TBS.

The Dodgers and Brewers will get underway one day earlier in Milwaukee. The Friday night game will get underway at 8:09 p.m. and will be by FS1.


Fri., Oct. 12, Dodgers at Brewers, 8:09 p.m. ET, FS1
Sat., Oct. 13, Dodgers at Brewers, 4:09 p.m. ET, FOX
Mon., Oct. 15, Brewers at Dodgers, 7:39 p.m. ET, FS1
Tues., Oct. 16, Brewers at Dodgers, 9:09 p.m. ET, FS1
Wed., Oct. 17, Brewers at Dodgers*, 5:05 p.m. ET, FS1
Fri., Oct. 19, Dodgers at Brewers*, 8:39 p.m. ET, FS1
Sat., Oct. 20, Dodgers at Brewers*, 9:09 p.m. ET, FS1
*If necessary


Sat., Oct. 13, Astros at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ET, TBS
Sun., Oct. 14, Astros at Red Sox, 7:09 p.m. ET, TBS
Tues., Oct. 16, Red Sox at Astros, 5:09 p.m. ET, TBS
Wed., Oct. 17, Red Sox at Astros, 8:39 p.m. ET, TBS
Thurs., Oct. 18, Red Sox at Astros*, 8:09 p.m. ET, TBS
Sat., Oct. 20, Astros at Red Sox*, 5:09 p.m. ET, TBS
Sun., Oct. 21, Astros at Red Sox*, 7:39 p.m. ET, TBS
*If necessary

The Red Sox will send staff ace Chris Sale to the mound for Game 1 of the series, and the Astros have given the starting assignment to Justin Verlander. This game has every chance to be a classic pitcher’s duel where one or two runs could decide the winner.

Sale pitched and earned the win in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees, and he pitched a perfect eighth inning in the series clincher

The Red Sox have tapped David Price to get the start in Game 2, and he struggled in his start in the second game against the Yankees as he was knocked out after 1.2 innings. Price has an 0-9 postseason record as a starter, and the Red Sox are clearly hoping he can get back to the form he had in the regular season in this game. Price was 16-7 with a 3.58 earned-run average and a 1.14 WHIP.

Gerrit Cole will get the start in Game 2 for the Astros.

Sale and the Red Sox were beaten by the Astros in last year’s ALDS, and the Boston lefthander was hit hard in Game 1 of that series.

“I try to learn from every experience and learn from my mistakes,” Sale said, per David Adler of “My first go at it was godawful. It was as bad as it can possibly get. Going through that made me better for this situation here, and hopefully going forward.”

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