The Blue Jays are also well out of contention

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The Boston Red Sox have survived and advanced after beating the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey , but it was anything but easy.The Red Sox hung on for a 4-3 victory over the Yankees in the Bronx as Eduardo Nunez threw out Gleyber Torres on the final play of the game, leading to a champagne-and-beer celebration in the Boston locker room.After Boston ace Chris Sale retired the Yankees in order in the eighth inning, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel entered the game in the ninth inning with a 4-1 lead. Kimbrel opened the inning by walking slugger Aaron Judge on four pitches and then gave up a two-out single to Didi Gregorius. After striking out Giancarlo Stanton, he walked Luke Voit and hit Neil Walker to bring in a run.Gary Sanchez stepped to the plate with the game on the line and after falling behind 0-2, he drove a ball to deep left field to drive in Gregorius.With the game and the Yankees' season on the line, Torres hit a slow grounder up the third base line, and Nunez made the do-or-die play to win the series by a 3-1 margin.The play survived replay review and the Red Sox roared their approval.The Red Sox will meet the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series, and Boston has home-field advantage. The two teams will open up Saturday at Fenway Park, with first pitch scheduled for 8:09 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by TBS.The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers will meet in the National League Championship Series, and those two teams will open up in Milwaukee Friday night at 8:09 p.m., and the game will be broadcast by FS1. ALCSSat., Oct. 13 Astros at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ET, TBSSun., Oct. 14 Astros at Red Sox, 7:09 p.m. ET, TBSTues., Oct. 16 Red Sox at Astros, time TBD, TBSWed., Oct. 17 Red Sox at Astros, time TBD, TBSThurs. , Oct. 18 Red Sox at Astros*, time TBD, TBSSat., Oct. 20 Astros at Red Sox*, time TBD, TBSSun., Oct. 21 Astros at Red Sox*, time TBD, TBSNLCSFri., Oct. 12 Dodgers at Brewers, 8:09 p.m. ET, FS1Sat., Oct. 13 Dodgers at Brewers, 4:09 p.m. ET, FOXMon., Oct. 15 Brewers at Dodgers, time TBD, FOX or FS1Tues., Oct. 16 Brewers at Dodgers, time TBD, FOX or FS1Wed., Oct. 17 Brewers at Dodgers*, time TBD, FOX or FS1Fri. Authentic Derwin James Jersey , Oct. 19 Dodgers at Brewers*, time TBD, FOX or FS1Sat., Oct. 20 Dodgers at Brewers*, time TBD, FOX or FS1*If necessaryThe Dodgers are minus-125 favorites to win the series, according to OddsShark, while the Brewers are minus-105 underdogs. Those betting on the Dodgers have to risk $125 to win $100, while Brewers backers wager $105 to win $100.The ALCS is viewed as a toss-up, as both teams are minus-115 to advance to the World Series.The Astros are plus-210 to win the World Series, followed by the Red Sox at plus-215, the Dodgers at plus-333 and the Brewers at plus-375. PredictionsThe Dodgers are playing in their third straight NLCS, and they hope to get back to the World Series for the second year in a row.They would seem to have an advantage over the Brewers because of their recent postseason success, and they became a stronger team when they added Manny Machado in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles shortly after the All-Star break.However, the Brewers are on an incredible roll, as they swept the Colorado Rockies out of the division series in three games after beating the Chicago Cubs in Game 163 to win the NL Central pennant.The Dodgers have one of the generation's best pitchers in Clayton Kershaw, and he was dominant in the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves.However, the Brewers have a lights-out bullpen and the potential MVP in Christian Yelich.We see the Brewers rewarding their fans by winning the series in seven games.The Astros are a confident team, and they beat the Red Sox in the ALDS in four games last year. While both teams are explosive on offense and have good-to-excellent starting pitching, the Astros appear to have the better bullpen.While that should be a key factor, we see Boston manager Alex Cora giving the Red Sox a slight edge over his former team.The Red Sox take advantage of their home-field advantage and win the American League pennant in seven games. The rivalry between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles has been lopsided this season.Toronto has gone 12-4 against Baltimore and will look to maintain that dominance when the teams play their final series of the year beginning Friday at Camden Yards.The Blue Jays, however, are not the only team that has played well against the Orioles this season.Article continues below ...The Chicago White Sox took two of three games against Baltimore over the weekend. However, the Orioles won the finale 8-4 Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey , which means they can’t match the major league record of 120 losses in a season set by the 1962 New York Mets.Still, manager Buck Showalter is having a mini-crisis with his rotation because of injuries.Andrew Cashner was supposed to start the opener Monday, but is dealing with a knee injury. Fellow starter Alex Cobb is out indefinitely with a blister, and rookies Luis Ortiz injured a hamstring and Josh Rogers is pushing his innings limit.“We’re trying to put some things in place to cover us in case there continues to be a need,” Showalter said. “I look at Rogers and Cashner and even Ortiz in kind of the same light. We’ll see how Cobb’s blister, how that all develops. I hope it doesn’t develop. They were talking about potentially throwing some today, but I haven’t gotten the report back on that yet.”As a result, Showalter has not named a starter for Monday against the Blue Jays but has three players in mind, none of whom have started this season.Relievers Sean Gilmartin and Donnie Hart are two of the potential candidates. However, Showalter conceded that it’s going to be a bullpen game.Baltimore catcher Chance Sisco suffered a cut on his chin in the fourth inning Sunday against Chicago and his status is uncertain. He is being tested for a concussion.The Blue Jays are also well out of contention, but took two of three weekend games against the Yankees. Nonetheless, there are reports that manager John Gibbons will not be retained after the season. While there has not been any official announcement, Gibbons is preparing himself for that decision.“Maybe they would benefit from getting a fresh face that would grow with the young players. I’m not sure I want to go through one of those things — a total rebuild,” he told the MLB Network.Toronto will turn to rookie Ryan Borucki (3-4, 4.26 ERA) to pitch Monday against Baltimore. The left-hander was solid in his last outing against first-place Boston, allowing two and three hits with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.“He was tremendous tonight, no doubt about it. That’s probably as good as I’ve seen him throw,” Gibbons said after the game. “It’s tough to shut a team down. He pretty much did that. He’s got good sink on his fastballs. You’ve got to stay aggressive. They’ve got a real good lineup.”Borucki previously faced Baltimore on Aug. 29 and allowed five runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. He did not pick up a decision, but the Blue Jays lost 10-5.“I try to keep it together out there,” Borucki said. “I didn’t want to show too much, but I was definitely frustrated in myself.”

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