A look at the best-of-five ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros:
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia, LF Andrew Benintendi, RF Mookie Betts, DH Hanley Ramirez, 1B Mitch Moreland, SS Xander Bogaerts, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., 3B Rafael Devers, C Christian Vazquez.
Astros: CF George Springer, RF Josh Reddick, 2B Jose Altuve, SS Carlos Correa, LF Marwin Gonzalez, 3B Alex Bregman, DH Evan Gattis or Carlos Beltran, 1B Yuli Gurriel, C Brian McCann.
game 1 starting pitchers:
Red Sox: LH Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA, led AL with 308 Ks).
Astros: RH Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36 for Detroit and Houston; 5-0, 1.06 in five starts with Astros).
These teams meet in postseason for the first time after ending the regular season with a four-game series at Fenway Park. The Astros took three of four and won the season series 4-3. … Houston was the highest-scoring team in the AL with 896 runs. The Red Sox ranked sixth with 785. ... John Farrell led Boston to the 2013 World Series title in his first year as manager. ... Houston manager A.J. Hinch is in the postseason for the second time after leading Astros to 2015 playoffs in his first year with team.