Red Sox draw first blood in World Series opener against the Dodgers

That’s our guy’ Dodgers turn to Clayton Kershaw to close out Brewers

That’s our guy’ Dodgers turn to Clayton Kershaw to close out Brewers

And, to be clear, it was a definitive one in every way that mattered.

The Dodgers' rotation is headlined by Clayton Kershaw, an all-time great whose starts in Games 1 and 5 will drive headlines, good or bad, after his shaky performance in last year's World Series. Manager Dave Roberts had no shortage of viable options while selecting Kemp to be his designated hitter well ahead of Tuesday night's first pitch in Game 1. You want to take one swing for the fences, fine, but just put the ball in play. He had three hits this postseason and was benched in Games 4 and 5 of the ALCS for Devers, who's had a terrific postseason.

Boston scored two batters into the game after Betts led off with a single, stole second and scored on Benintendi's single. Martinez's single. A small thing - a matter of execution that all outfielders work on from the first day of spring training - but a thing which Puig just neglected to do properly.

"If there's something we see on film or on video or get in information from the scouts, we'll add it up on Tuesday and we'll be ready", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said on Sunday. For his career, Pearce's OPS is over.100 points better against lefties than righties (.852 vs.743). Rich Hill was pitching in Triple-A Pawtucket as recently as 2015 and signed a one-year deal with Oakland in 2016 to reestablish himself as a credible big-leaguer. Baez followed that by striking out Xander Bogaerts with another 97-mph heater and was replaced by Wood.

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In the seventh, left fielder Joc Pederson looked hesitant as he chased Benintendi's soft fly, rushing toward the seats that jut out down the line. Machado drove in three runs in the contest. They're averaging 6.22 runs per game and keeping opponents to 3.89 during the postseason. A couple of mental mistakes by the Dodgers gave them at least another and, perhaps, cost the Dodgers a run or two of their own. With the Red Sox leading 3-2, Sale was hooked in the fifth after walking leadoff batter Brian Dozier, who eventually came around to be the tying run. One can not assume that which did not happen would, in fact, happen, and many plays in baseball are decided by mere inches. The 108-win Red Sox got a solid effort from their bullpen after an expected duel between aces Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw never developed.

Sale and Kershaw each worked into the fifth, but were yanked before getting an out in the inning. John Wetteland saved all four games in "96, and Mariano Rivera had two saves and a win in the Yankees" sweep three years later.

But the Dodgers had their chances. And that had to make them feel pretty dang bad as they left the field tonight.

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