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The Boston Red Sox have survived and advanced after beating the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/auth ... lds-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 Brandon Kintzler Jersey , 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 http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/auth ... ark-jersey , 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., 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 Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey , 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. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, the New York Yankees acquired Baltimore Orioles reliever Zach Britton in exchange for three prospects.That move takes one of the biggest remaining names off the trading block, but there are still a few other transactions set to take place between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.Here's a look at three of the top players involved in trade rumors and predictions for where they will be in August. J.A. HappPer Andy Martino of Sportsnet New York, the Jays have dropped their asking price for left-handed starting pitcher J.A. Happ, who is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA and 130 strikeouts this season:Andy Martino martinonycSource: Jays asking price on J.A. Happ has dropped from a few weeks ago. We asking teams for top 3 prospedt-types, now are being more realisticLeft-handed starting pitchers aren't exactly a dime a dozen, so Happ should have numerous teams after him as the deadline nears.The team that makes the most sense is the Philadelphia Phillies.On July 17, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported that the Phillies were interested in Happ Pat Tillman Jersey Limited , noting that "there is definite interest."Phillies general manager Matt Klentak threw some cold water on the idea of acquiring a starting pitcher, per Bill Evans of NJ Advance Media, saying that "(the Phillies) werehoping to stay out of the starting pitcher trade market, that's one you would like to stay out of."However, Klentak also said that he'd "love to include a lefty" and that "if (the Phillies) have to opportunity to sign a lefty or trade for one, we'll look into it, but we won't force it."The Phillies' rotation is entirely right-handed, so adding a lefty would be a great fit for the team. He could easily slide into the No. 3 spot behind Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta. As for Klentak's remark about the team not forcing anything, it may not have to if the Jays dropped their asking price.With the Phils in the midst of a tight division race with the Atlanta Braves (and perhaps the Washington Nationals if that team can finally string together some wins), they need to add some reinforcements for the stretch run. Happ would be a good start.Prediction: Trade to Philadelphia Chris ArcherAlthough he allowed three second-inning runs, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer looked phenomenal against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, punching out 13 batters in six strong innings.It was an encouraging sign for the 28-year-old, who was making his third start after coming off the disabled list due to an abdominal strain.That was also good news for a few teams who could be looking to add Archer for the stretch run.A few teams are in the mix.Per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the New York Yankees have inquired about Archer.However, he reported that the odds of him being moved seem slim:Jerry Crasnick jcrasnickThe #Yankees are among the clubs that have inquired on Chris Archer. But other teams are skeptical the #Rays will move Archer -- period -- much less to a division opponent when hes under contract at a reasonable price through 2021. That never helps the trade dynamic.Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and The Athletic reported that the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers are also in the discussion:Ken Rosenthal Ken_RosenthalIn this column, an exploration of the #Padres鈥?interest in #Rays鈥?Archer: vARe8gcJyN $Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Brewers continue to cast wide net in search for upgrades, sources tell me and ByRobertMurray. They are among the teams pursuing #Orioles鈥?Britton and also considering #Rays鈥?Archer. Had extensive discussions with #Orioles on Machado;know which prospects O鈥檚 like.Archer's contractruns through 2019, but the Rays have club options in 2020 and 2021. Still, that hasn't stopped teams from looking into him.Unless Tampa is floored with an offer it can't refuse Authentic Jared Goff Jersey , it's hard seeing Archer going anywhere when the team can hypothetically retain him for the next few years and hope he's part of a brighter, playoff-contending future.Prediction:Stays with Tampa BayAsdrubal CabreraThe last-place New York Mets are playing out the string, and they've already begun trading proven veterans for prospects. Closer Jeurys Familia is now an Oakland Athletic, and the next player to go could be second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, who has hit 17 home runs to go along with a .806 OPS.Per Buster Olney of ESPN, a few teams are after Cabrera:Buster Olney Buster_ESPNAsdrubal Cabrera could be the next Met to move: Hes hitting .280, .332 OBP, 17 homers, positional flexibility. Brewers, Cleveland, Phillies among the teams with interest in him.The Milwaukee Brewers make the most sense, as they have rotating doors at shortstop and second base. Per Baseball-Reference, three players have manned short for 24 or more games, while a quartet has seen action for 12 or more games at second. Cabrera, who is a shortstop by trade but has played second base of late, can put a lockdown on one of the middle-infield positions.Rosenthal also noted that the Brew Crew could be after Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well, so it's clear Milwaukee is looking for someone in the middle infield. However, Cabrera may be a better fit for the Brewers than Dozier thanks to his positional versatility.Prediction: Trade to Milwaukee
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