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The Boston Red Sox are sitting at home awaiting their opponent f

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or the 2018 World Series.Boston dominated the Houston Astros over five games in the American League Championship Series to secure its berth in the Fall Classic against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers.The Red Sox are in an ideal position Chipper Jones Jersey , as they'll be more rested for the World Series and get to start the best-of-seven series at Fenway Park.Outside of the facts mentioned above, we don't know much about what will take place during the series, but we'll find out more as soon as Friday if the Dodgers close out the NLCS in Milwaukee. 2018 World Series ScheduleGame 1:Tuesday, October 23 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 2:Wednesday, October 24 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 3:Friday, October 26 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 4:Saturday, October 27 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 5:Sunday, October 28 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 6:Tuesday, October 30 (Time TBD, Fox)Game 7:Wednesday, October 31 (Time TBD, Fox)Known InfoRed Sox Will Be Fresh Entering World SeriesAfter clinching the American League pennant Thursday, the Red Sox earned four valuable days off before beginning the World Series at home.The rest matters most to the pitching staff, which was managed well in the ALCS by manager Alex Cora.Chris Sale John Smoltz Jersey , who was slated to start Game 6 of the ALCS, is most likely going to take the ball for Game 1 of the World Series with over a week of rest.David J. Phillip/Associated PressALCS Game 5 starter David Price would be in line to start Game 2 for the Red Sox if they keep the same rotation from the first two postseason series.In that case, Price would be working on five days of rest, which is something you rarely see in the postseason.The extended layoff will also benefit the Boston bullpen, and it gives Cora an opportunity to use Nathan Eovaldi or Rick Porcello in relief during the first two games of the series.Cora could opt to use his projected starters for Games 3 and 4 for an inning or two of relief, like he did during the ALCS, to bridge the gap between the starters and closer Craig Kimbrel. Porcello also pitched in relief during the ALDS against the Yankees.Regardless of which strategy Cora employs, his pitchers will be fresher than the NL champion, who will have three days off at most, with at least one of them reserved for travel. Game 7 of the NLCS would be Saturday night, if necessary. World Series Opens At Fenway ParkBoston clinched home-field advantage in the World Series because it recorded the best regular-season record in baseball (108-54).During the regular season, the Red Sox were 57-24 at Fenway Park, but they were only 2-2 there in the first two rounds of the postseason.The team did go up against two of the best road teams in Major League Baseball.Elise Amendola/Associated PressThe Houston Astros and New York Yankees both had better road marks than the two teams left in the National League.In their last three World Series appearances, all of which have resulted in championships, the Sox won all but one of the first two games at home.Boston took the first two games of the 2004 and 2007 World Series on its way to sweeps of St. Louis and Colorado, while it split Games 1 and 2 with the Cardinals in 2013 before claiming the title in six games.If the Red Sox get off to a similar start Tuesday and Wednesday, they'll enter either Dodger Stadium or Miller Park with a two-game lead and the opportunity to add to their five road victories in the postseason. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90. DETROIT (AP) — When the Kansas City Royals acquired Brad Keller during last winter’s Rule 5 draft, they committed themselves to keep him on the roster all season.As it turned out Matt Kemp Jersey , that hasn’t been a problem.Keller pitched seven strong innings as the Royals held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Sunday.Keller (9-6) allowed one run on three hits, walking three and striking out two. He improved to 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last eight starts.“The first three or four innings, he was dead-on mechanically and just banging in strike after strike,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “After that, he was still fighting it a bit, but he hung in there and gave us seven more strong innings.”Keller has only allowed more than two earned runs once since August 7.“I was attacking them with my fastball, mostly,” he said. “They were sitting on my slider a little, so I went after them with the heater.”The teams split the four-game series that finished Detroit’s home season. The Royals won the season series 11-8.The Tigers finished 38-43 at home, four games better than 2017, but drew 1.86 million fans — the fewest since they had 1.37 million while losing 119 games in 2003.“We wanted to win this one for our fans,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ve got 90-some losses, but they were still standing and cheering until the last pitch.”The Royals led 3-1 in the ninth. Niko Goodrum led off the inning with a bunt single off Wily Peralta. Ronny Rodriguez added a one-out base hit, and Grayson Greiner walked to load the bases.Victor Reyes hit a sacrifice fly to pull the Tigers within 3-2 before Peralta struck out Jim Adduci to earn his 13th save.“Wily makes it a tightrope walk, but he’s 13-for-13,” Yost said. “They got a perfect bunt and a big walk, but he didn’t panic. He just kept making pitches.”Daniel Norris needed 98 pitches to complete five innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out three.“I didn’t have any kind of command, so I was in three-ball counts on almost every hitter Hank Aaron Jersey ,” he said. “The only thing I could count on was my slider, so I just kept trying to spin that in there to get out of trouble.”The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the first on Adalberto Mondesi’s 12th home run and could have added to the margin in the third. Kansas City loaded the bases with one out, but Hunter Dozier grounded into an inning-ending double play.Kansas City stranded two more batters in the fourth but had pushed Norris’ pitch count to 84.“That’s the thing with Daniel — he might get into trouble, but he’s always going to give everything he’s got to get out of it,” Greiner said. “We were trying to find pitches that would work.”Jeimer Candelario led off the fourth with a single — Detroit’s first hit — and Christin Stewart moved him to third with a hit-and-run single before Nicholas Castellanos tied the game with a sacrifice fly.The Royals regained the lead with two runs in the sixth off Drew VerHagen (3-3). With two out, Alcides Escobar and Rosell Herrera singled before Herrera stole second. Cam Gallagher blooped a ball to shallow left, and Stewart couldn’t make a sliding catch.“When (Keller) is dominating like that, you just want to get him some runs,” Gallagher said. “I hit that ball pretty weakly, but it got down in front of the outfielders. That’s how this works.”GET IN THEREHarold Castro made his major league debut, entering as a pinch-runner for Greiner in the ninth.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: CF JaCoby Jones missed the game after aggravating a shoulder injury while attempting a diving catch on Saturday.UP NEXTRoyals: Start a two-game series in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Eric Skoglund (1-5, 5.60 ERA) starts the opener against Matt Harvey (7-9, 4.92).Tigers: Begin a three-game series in Minnesota on Tuesday, with Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 10.80) taking the mound.

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