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ST. PETERSBURG Manny Ramirez Jersey , Fla. (AP) — It took Brandon Lowe 20 at-bats to get his first major league hit last week, so the Tampa Bay rookie wasn’t about to let an 0-for-9 stretch bother him.Lowe came through with a two-out, two-run single in the first inning Wednesday night, and the Rays went on to a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.“You get up to the big leagues and you feel that you have to go out and prove yourself,” said Lowe, one of six Rays to produce two hits each in the club’s fourth straight win. “I’ve been really stressing, trying to prove I belong here. Yesterday I was able to take a step back and relax and it worked out for the better.”Lowe is hitting .135 after 11 games, but he feels the worst might be over.“All you want to be able to do is help the team win,” he said. “I was searching, racking my brain and stressing out. Today I came in a little early, got in the cage and told myself to relax and don’t stress, trust your skills.”Lowe and Mallex Smith drove in two runs each, and the Rays moved five games over .500 for the first time since July 2017. They had 14 hits, none of them with two outs.“A lot of good offensive numbers tonight that we kind of needed,” manager Kevin Cash said.Lowe’s two-run single came off Jakob Junis after hits by Michael Perez and Carlos Gomez.Junis (6-12) allowed four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five. Only two of the runs were earned.“He’s been consistently sharp Danny Salazar Jersey , especially the last four outings,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I expect him to go out and make starts like this, give us a chance to win like he did.”Whit Merrifield led off the fourth with his ninth home run, the Royals’ first hit of the game, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.Hunter Dozier added a two-run homer in the eighth, the second of the game off Yonny Chirinos. Dozier’s sixth homer of the season came on his 27th birthday.Ryan O’Hearn had his first first multi-hit game for the Royals with three of their seven hits, but Rosell Herrera was thrown out at the plate for the game’s final out after O’Hearn’s third hit.Rays opener Ryne Stanek pitched two hitless innings before Chirinos (2-5) took over. Chirinos gave up three runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings.Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 25 opportunities.The loss clinched a sixth straight series loss for the Royals, who have lost 16 of 20 games overall and all six games against Tampa Bay this season.BETTER LATE THAN NEVERKevin Kiermaier, who had two hits and a walk, is hitting .357 in his last eight games, noteworthy mostly because he was batting .175 before that. “I’ve been pressing this whole year, trying to make up for all my lost time and all my (lack of) performance in one swing,” the Rays center fielder said. “I’ve been trying to kill the ball all year and hit the ball 700 feet, and that’s how I get myself out. You learn from things like this — being hurt and not playing the way you want to. It’s a learning experience and now I’m instituting those experiences into my approach.”GETTING A BREAKRays rookie 1B Jake Bauers, mired in a 1-for-33 slide, was out of the lineup. “He’s been pressing http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-trevor-bauer-jersey , there’s no denying it,” Cash said. “He’s frustrated with himself.” Bauers entered Wednesday hitting .209 with nine homers and 34 RBIs in 66 games.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: OF Jorge Bonifacio, scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with lower back stiffness, was on the bench again Wednesday, but available, Yost said.Rays: OF Tommy Pham said he hopes to be back Friday after dislocating his right ring finger on a head-first dive back to first base on Tuesday. “It feels fine other than the swelling,” Pham said.UP NEXTRight-hander Tyler Glasnow (1-3, 4.10 ERA) will make his fifth start for the Rays in the season series finale Thursday night. Glasnow took his first loss Saturday at Boston, going 6 2/3 innings after a second inning in which he gave up three walks and four runs. Left-hander Danny Duffy (7-11, 4.90) will start for Kansas City. He hasn’t started since Aug. 11 because of a left shoulder impingement. Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox won 108 games during the regular season, but insiders throughout Major League Baseball thought they could be vulnerable against the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series and the Houston Astros in the league's championship series.The theory was that the Yankees had the power in their batting order and dominance in their bullpen to overtake them in a best-of-five series, while many thought the Astros were simply a better team from top to bottom and would have the edge in a seven-game series.While Boston showed some vulnerability when playing at home in both series鈥攖hey were just 1-1 after two games at Fenway Park against the Bombers and the Astros鈥攖hey have dominated on the road.The Red Sox set the tone for their road success with a 16-1 victory at Yankee Stadium in Game 3 of the ALDS and clinched the series the next night. The Sox went into Minute Maid Park and swept three games against the defending World Series champions.As a result of those triumphs, the Red Sox are favored to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. Los Angeles earned its way into the World Series for a second consecutive year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in the seventh game of the National League Championship Series.The Dodgers clinched the pennant with a win in front of the Brewers' loud and supportive fans in Milwaukee. The veteran Los Angeles team is not going to be intimidated because they will have to play on the road.World Series ScheduleTuesday, October 23 (Game 1): Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 24 (Game 2):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox Edwin Encarnacion Jersey , 8:09 p.m. ETFriday, October 26 (Game 3):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSaturday, October 27 (Game 4):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETSunday, October 28 (Game 5, if necessary):Boston Red SoxatLos Angeles Dodgers, 8:15 p.m. ETTuesday, October 30 (Game 6, if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETWednesday, October 31 (Game 7, if necessary):Los Angeles DodgersatBoston Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETAll World Series games will be televised by Fox.The Red Sox are -136 favorites to win the 2018 World Series, while the Dodgers are +112 underdogs, per OddsShark. Boston backers have to risk $136 to win $100 Andrew Miller Jersey , while Los Angeles supporters will up $100 to win $112.The Dodgers have demonstrated their toughness and resiliency in each of the last two years. They dethroned the then-defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs inthe 2017 NLCS before extending the Astros to seven games in last year's Fall Classic.The Brewers appeared to have momentum in this year's NLCS after tying the series with a win in Game 6 at home, but the Dodgers brushed that aside and beat the home team in Game 7.MLB MLBHit it where they ain鈥檛.Max Muncy gives the Dodgers the lead. #NLCS O79ls3CwrqThe Dodgers will hit the long ball. They have seven players who hit 21 home runs or more, led by Max Muncy, who bashed 35 home runs.They also have a solid starting pitching rotation led by Clayton Kershaw, who may be the best pitcher of his generation. Closer Kenley Jansen also appears to be near the top of his game and will be difficult to beat if the Dodgers have the lead in the last inning.The Red Sox were the most prolific offense in baseball during the regular season, and they have continued to dominate games with their strength up and down the lineup.Headliners Mookie Betts (32 home runs, 30 stolen bases) and J.D. Martinez (43 home runs, 130 runs batted in) are both capable of carrying the team, and Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi can deliver big hits if Betts and Martinez suffer any slow down.It doesn't stop there, as Brock Holt, Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr. have all demonstrated their propensity for delivering big postseason hits.Bradley was so good at it that he ended up winning the ALCS MVP because he drove in nine runs with a bases-loaded double, a grand slam and a two-run homer.The Red Sox have a strong pitching staff, and Chris Sale will get the start in Game 1. He was slowed in the second half of the season with shoulder issues, but he was in excellent form in Game 1 against the Yankees. While he struggled in the ALCS opener against Houston, he should be much stronger against Los Angeles.Rick Porcello, Nathan Eovaldi and David Price have all been effective starting Tyler Naquin Jersey , and the maligned Boston bullpen has been strong鈥攚ith one exception.Craig Kimbrel, Boston's top reliever during the regular season, has struggled in the postseason. While he has five saves in five opportunities, he has a 7.11 earned-run average, a 1.89 WHIP and opponents are hitting .261 against him.He was much better in the clinching Game 5 against the Astros when he retired three of four batters in the ninth inning, but Kimbrel has not been lockdown.That may be the only Red Sox weakness. If the Dodgers can't keep it close through seven or eight innings, it may not matter. PredictionWe have great respect for Kershaw and what he has been able to accomplish throughout his career. When he has been at his best, he has shown that he deserves to be included with the all-time greats.That has rarely been the case in the postseason, but he has done better in the last two years. Kershaw is the likely starter in Game 1, and he could slow down the Red Sox lineup. If Sale has problems with the Dodgers, the Dodgers could win Game 1.However, the Red Sox are too consistent to lose any other game. From this corner, it looks like Boston wins the World Series in five games.
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