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LOS ANGELES —  Avisail Garcia Jersey , the challenge will only increase for a Boston Red Sox club intent on bringing the franchise its fourth World Series title since 2004.The Red Sox had little resistance in building a 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, but now have to face the best lineup their opponent has to offer and in a hostile environment at that.Winning in the road has not been much of an issue for the Red Sox in this postseason. They have won all five playoff games they have played away from Fenway Park, clinching the American League Division Series at New York and celebrating an American League title at Houston.Article continues below ...The Dodgers, though, intend to put up as much resistance as possible in Game 3 with their left-handed power lineup against expected right-handed starter Rick Porcello. Both teams started left-handers in the first two games.The change would mean starts for Dodgers lefty power hitters like Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger, although manager Dave Roberts sent out some mixed signals after Wednesday’s Game 2 defeat.When asked about his Game 3 lineup, Roberts had compliments for right-handed hitters like Brian Dozier, David Freese, players who typically do not start against righties.“But we’re going to shuffle it up for Game 3, (and) it’s not because of necessarily performance , it’s kind of who the starting pitcher for those guys is,” Roberts said. “But these are the guys that got us here, and we’re going to ride them out.”The Red Sox do not figure to be in as much lineup flux, although there remains an outside chance that Mookie Betts could move from the outfield to second base in order to get regular designated hitter J.D. Martinez into the lineup as an outfielder.Boston will face Dodgers rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, and Boston figures to be more concerned with maintaining its approach than switching up personnel.“We’re not up there trying to hit everything in the air and swinging for the fences,” said Martinez, whose two-run single in the fifth inning Wednesday put the Red Sox up for good. “We go up there and the pitch dictates what we’re going to do. We’re not up there forcing balls in the air. I feel like it’s the common mistake with hitters these days.”Thursday’s travel day gives the Red Sox’s formidable bullpen a chance to rest and recharge itself. The Dodgers were hitless against Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi and Craig Kimbrell in Game 2. They had just one run on three hits over five innings against the Boston bullpen in Game 1.The Dodgers’ bullpen, meanwhile, figures to need more than a day off and a move to a warmer climate. A shift in strategy likely is ahead after right-hander Ryan Madson allowed all five of his inherited runners to score in the first two games.Buehler, who has never faced the Red Sox Bobby Jenks Jersey , gave up a combined nine runs in his first two playoff outings, both Dodgers defeats. But he rebounded with a strong 4 2/3 innings in the Dodgers’ Game 7 victory in the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.Porcello has just two career starts against the Dodgers and none since 2011. Two of his four appearances in this postseason were starts, as he gave up one run in five innings to the Yankees in the ALDS and four runs over four innings to the Astros in the ALCS. The Red Sox won both games. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Seattle assured itself a winning season with another one-run victory Saturday night. It’s still holding out hope to accomplish more than that.“It’s nobody’s goal to have a winning season,” Robinson Cano said. “The goal is to make the playoffs.”Cano aided Seattle’s fading postseason aspirations with a three-run double that capped the Mariners‘ rally from a four-run deficit in a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.The Mariners are 7 1/2 games behind Oakland for the final AL wild card with 14 games to play.Seattle trailed 4-0 before Kristopher Negron and Mitch Haniger homered in the fifth inning. Negron added an RBI single in the sixth, then Cano cleared the bases in the eighth to lift Seattle’s record to 82-66.The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the first on back-to-back home runs from Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. It was the 28th home run for Trout and the 20th for Ohtani.Justin Upton added a solo home run in the fourth and a second solo homer in the ninth to give him 29 on the season.“He’s obviously more comfortable in the box,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s gone through a stretch for the better part of this month where he was just having trouble finding his rhythm and finding the barrel of the bat on a consistent basis. But tonight he swung the bat like he’s capable of.”James Pazos (4-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the victory.Edwin Diaz allowed Upton’s homer but otherwise closed out the Angels in the ninth for his major league-leading 55th save. Diaz is tied for the third for most saves in a season with Eric Gagne (2003) and John Smoltz (2002).“Fifty-five saves, wow,” Servais said. “Hopefully we can keep that total going. He likes getting out there.”Seattle is 59-0 when Diaz has a save opportunity, part of why the Mariners are 36-20 in one-run games.HANIGER DELIVERSIn addition to his 25th home run, Haniger came through defensively , saving two runs in the sixth.First, he threw Trout out at the plate after fielding a sharply hit single from Ohtani. Then he went up against the wall, making a leaping catch just over the yellow line to deprive Upton a third home run.“I was just hoping it wouldn’t carry,” Haniger said. “Luckily I camped under it.”Said Servais: “He’s the real deal. The complete package.”HEANEY OFFAndrew Heaney has been the Angels most consistent starter this season but struggled with that Saturday. He went five innings, allowing eight hits and a walk.“Andrew was grinding tonight,” Scioscia said. “I think he was working against himself a little bit. Didn’t feel like he was in sync, had some trouble repeating some pitches. Then he made some good pitches to get out of jams. All in all, I think he just wasn’t as crisp tonight as maybe we’ve seen.”TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP James Paxton, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 7 because of pneumonia, could rejoin the team in the next few days. Seattle has not scheduled a starting pitcher for Wednesday in Houston. Servais said LHP Roenis Elias, who pitched well in a spot start Friday Carlton Fisk Jersey , could also start Wednesday.Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs has made only one start since July 31, when he re-injured his strained left abductor, but is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday. Scioscia said he could return to the rotation next week.UP NEXTMariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (12-9, 4.24) is scheduled to start the season series finale against the Angels. He is 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.Angels: Rookie RHP Jaime Barria (10-9, 3.53) is scheduled to make his 24th start. Barria, an unexpected piece of the Los Angeles rotation, is 1-3 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts against the Mariners.


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