Red Sox to face Astros in ALDS

first_imgELLSWORTH — After clinching the American League East title, the Boston Red Sox are set to play the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series.Houston (101-61 in the regular season) finished with the AL’s second-best record and will host Game 1 and Game 2 before the series shifts back to Boston for Game 3. The Red Sox (93-69) would also host a potential Game 4 if necessary, and the Astros would host a potential Game 5.The Red Sox will throw Chris Sale in Game 1 against Houston’s Justin Verlander at 4:08 p.m. today, Oct. 5. Game 2 will pit Boston’s Drew Pomeranz against the Astros’ Dallas Keuchel. All games will be televised on FOX Sports 1.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Stock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s win over Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse followed up its upset win over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech from last week with an ugly, up-and-down 28-20 victory over Boston College on Saturday. SU and quarterback Eric Dungey struggled, but they also strung together two wins for the first time since September of last year.Here’s how some of the players and units faired.Stock UpEric Dungey’s playEric Dungey completed 32 of his 38 passes for a career-high 434 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage was second best all-time for a Syracuse player in a game, as was his yards of total offense (488). He nearly had another touchdown pass (if not for a backward pass) and his interception came on a play he baited the defensive line to jump but it was not called.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s offense was spread out only through the air and Dungey was the distributor with almost three receivers having at least 100 yards. And he did it all through a rainy first half and while constantly getting chased out of the pocket.Steve IshmaelSteve Ishmael had his best game of the season with eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown — his first score of the season. The eight receptions were a career high and it’s the second time in his career that Ishmael has gone for at least 100 yards. His touchdown catch was an acrobatic grab at the edge of the end zone that he jumped up to catch and barely got a foot in bounds.As more coverage has shifted Amba Etta-Tawo’s way, Ishmael has been able to pick up some of the load. He picked up a then-season-high 81 yards against Virginia Tech.Parris BennettParris Bennett led Syracuse with 11 tackles for his fourth double-digit tackle game in the last five weeks. He walloped BC running back Myles Willis on one play then ended the Eagles drive with an interception. A Boston College touchdown would have given BC a 17-14 lead with less than five minutes left in the third quarter. Instead, Bennett grabbed a pass that was dropped at the goal line. His play set up a Syracuse touchdown.Sterling HofrichterSterling Hofrichter seems to have put his days of shanking punts behind him. He booted four punts for an average of 38.8 yards. He pinned one inside the 20 and two went for more than 50 yards. Hofrichter’s shortest punt was his best one of the day. He picked up a poor snap, ran to his left and got off a 22-yard kick that was tipped. Hofrichter took a big hit on the play, but got the kick down the field and saved what could have been a disastrous play.Stock downEric Dungey’s off-the-field decision makingOn Syracuse’s first drive of the game, Dungey thought he drew Boston College offside, so he threw into dense coverage near the end zone, resulting in an interception — bad decision No. 1. Then as the pick was returned 64 yards by Williams Harris, Dungey slammed the Harris down late out of bounds, shoved another player that stood over him and then shoved Harris again — bad decision No. 2, 3 and 4. Dungey got a personal foul for his late hit out of bounds and started a scrum on the sideline.Cole MurphyCole Murphy had another rough game, despite the win. He line-drived a kickoff out of bounds and missed his only field goal attempt from 40 yards away. Murphy has now missed six of his last eight field goal attempts. The last time he made more than one field goal in a game was Week 3 against South Florida, when he went 2-for-2.Offensive lineSyracuse finished the game with nine false start penalties, most of which fell on the offensive line. Dino Babers and Dungey both said there were reasons for the false starts that will be corrected but didn’t elaborate. Dungey was also sacked five times and constantly scrambling around the pocket. The patchwork group has had Cody Conway back intermittently the last two games, but the interior has crumbled under increased pressure. Comments Published on October 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettuslast_img read more

Tyler Skaggs returns to Angels disabled list as Eduardo Paredes returns to the majors

first_imgANAHEIM – The Angels placed pitcher Tyler Skaggs on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left adductor and added reliever Eduardo Paredes prior to Sunday’s game against the Oakland A’s.It was the 10th time that Paredes, a right-hander, has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake this season. According to Stats LLC, he is the first player in the last 25 years to be recalled at least 10 separate times by the same team in one season.By the fourth inning of Saturday’s loss to the A’s, Skaggs noticed the impact of the injury every time he pushed off his back leg.“I felt like I was kind of lobbing balls in there,” he said. “You can’t be doing that in the big leagues.” Skaggs allowed seven runs in 3-1/3 innings in a 7-0 loss.The 27-year-old left-hander spent 10 days on the disabled list in July with a right adductor strain, and 10 days on the DL in August with a left adductor strain prior to Saturday’s start.By Sunday, Skaggs said his groin still felt sore. He did not sound optimistic that missing the minimum 10 days would be an option.“I don’t think it’s necessarily so serious that I’ll miss the rest of the season but I need to give it the proper time,” he said. “Definitely the full 10 days and we’ll take it from there.”The Angels will play one game each of the next eight days before a day off, so Skaggs’ turn in the rotation will repeat on Thursday in Texas. They were already down one starting pitcher when Nick Tropeano returned to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation earlier in the week. For Skaggs, the recurring injury has torpedoed a career year in progress. In each of his last two starts, he has pitched merely 3-1/3 innings while allowing 10 and seven runs, respectively. Skaggs has seen his ERA rise from 2.62 to 3.78.Scioscia said that Skaggs “just never got to that point where he was comfortable turning the ball loose” on Saturday.Paredes, 23, pitched two shutout innings Sunday and has a 6.87 ERA in 14 games out of the Angels’ bullpen. In 28 games at Salt Lake, he has a 3.41 ERA and five saves.OHTANI UPDATEShohei Ohtani will throw off a bullpen mound again Monday in San Diego, Scioscia said. This one will be more intense than Ohtani’s mound work Saturday, his first since undergoing a PRP and stem cell injection in June.“Maybe a little more than a touch-and-feel,” Scioscia said. “Not 100 percent but I think he will be putting more effort into it.”Scioscia said there is not a target date for Ohtani to return to pitching in major league games, but rather a “window.”“There’s a window when we hope it would happen but we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We’d be guessing if we tried to get one date. There’s a window we’re looking at that we hope would work. Certainly pitching this year is the goal and we feel that’s attainable.”INJURY UPDATESCatcher Rene Rivera (knee) is scheduled to resume his minor league rehab assignment with back-to-back games Sunday and Monday with Class-A Inland Empire, Scioscia said. He’s expected to rejoin the Angels on the road this week, but “we won’t know until he gets through these back-to-back games,” Scioscia said. …Pitcher Matt Shoemaker (forearm) does not have a target date to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment, but Scioscia said the right-hander is making progress in his bullpen sessions.“Not that he’s going to get to 110 pitches this year – there’s not a lot of time for that – but there has to be enough pitches to where he can functionally get to a certain point of the game,” Scioscia said. …Andrelton Simmons tweaked his left knee sliding into second base Saturday and did not play Sunday. The shortstop said he was available after going through his normal pregame warmups.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 7-7, 3.96 ERA) at Padres (LHP Clayton Richard, 7-10, 5.13 ERA), 7 p.m., Fox Sports Westcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more