Farrell's status again up in air as Red Sox enter offseason

Farrell's status again up in air as Red Sox enter offseason

Porcello put his team behind immediately in the first inning, making it the fourth-straight game in the series that Houston scored in the opening frame. Anthony Rizzo had the game winning hit, breaking a 1-1 tie when he blooped a single in the eighth inning, and if you no longer see the Cubs as the lovable losers they were for more than a century after winning the World Series last year, your opinion won't change after hearing how Rizzo yelled "respect me" at the top of his lungs after the hit, apparently feeling slighted that Nats manager Dusty Baker elected to pitch to him with first base open and a man on second rather than face Wilson Contreras. A deeper team with a more prolific offense, and while the Red Sox showed a lot more fight in this series than they did in last year's three game sweep at the hands of Cleveland, their structural flaws were revealed, mainly a tiring of their best pitchers like Sale and Drew Pomeranz, who pitched so poorly in the first two games of the series that drastic measures were needed to stay alive when the series moved to Fenway.

Key to the series for Houston's pitching, was shutting down Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts. It's not easy finding the right guy, especially for a tough town like Boston.

Next up was president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who announced Farrell would return, a bit of information that he casually relayed as the two passed each other en route to and from their respective press availabilities.

Verlander, who was acquired for the playoff run after spending his first 13 seasons in Detroit, gave up the go-ahead homer to Andrew Benintendi _ the first batter he faced _ before shutting Boston down for the next 2 2/3 innings.

But as NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich argued, there are several things the Sox need to consider before showing Farrell the door.

PHOENIX _ Cody Bellinger homered, drove in two runs and flipped over a dugout railing to steal an out for a dominant Yu Darvish, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night to finish a three-game sweep in their NL Division Series. Unless he could find a suitor to unload the undeniably hypersensitive David Price, he has little in the way of options.

NOTE: Game times yet to be determined.

"Obviously, you don't replace a guy like Edwin, but we have a fairly deep lineup". Bruce, a big star in the first two games, was back in the No. 4 hole Monday and went 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout. Against the Indians, however, Houston struggled mightily. New York chased Corey Kluber from Game 2 after putting up six earned runs on the Indians ace in 2 2/3 innings. Farrell did a nice job overall, and should be a quality candidate for any job he applies for.

He was dominant for the first four innings, allowing two hits while striking out six.

Rafael Devers cut the Astros' deficit to one with an inside-the-park home run, his second of the playoffs, to lead off the Boston ninth against closer Ken Giles.

Brantley, who is 1 for 11 in the series, was moved up from seventh to sixth in the order. "Take a little time off, get back to the drawing board and make another run at it next year". Kai Forbath's 26 yard field goal in the closing seconds after an interception sealed the win for the Vikings. "I know it's not ideal". Still, offensively he's just not the lineup centerpiece that rival players like Carlos Correa or Aaron Judge are. "I think you can't prepare enough", Astros manager A.J. There's going to be a lot of people here. And I know it's not easy.

Lonnie Chisenhall played left field after Austin Jackson started there in Game 3. It's more interesting to look ahead.