Astros, Red Sox announce starters for first 2 ALCS games

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The 2018 American League Championship Series will begin this weekend when the Boston Red Sox welcome the Houston Astros to Fenway Park.

Game 1 is Saturday night in Boston. Unfortunately for them, Severino picked a bad time to turn in one of his worst performances of the season.

Oct 9, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) celebrates with teammates after defeating the New York Yankees in game four of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium.

People in the Yankees organization are convinced Masahiro Tanaka was tipping his pitches during Monday night's 16-1 disaster against the Red Sox, Jon Heyman of WFAN and Fancred Sports reports.

There's no doubt that Severino dropped the ball in Game 3, when he allowed six runs on three hits in three innings, but no one can question his heart.

The pitch tipping wasn't the only controversy regarding Severino in Game 3.

Teams nowadays tend to study video on opposing pitchers for hours on end, so hurlers must be diligent about not giving off any tells that their opponents can pick up on.

Red Sox analyst Lou Merloni said that there was a tipping issue, evidenced by Boston batters' ability to consistently lay off Severino's sharp-breaking slider.

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