A packed playoff baseball schedule awaits this Friday, with four games set to run potentially continuously from about 2 o'clock until whenever the game that starts at 10:30 Eastern time ends. That is a lot of hours of baseball in a row. Maybe some of it will even be good.
Things were certainly good on Thursday, as both the Red Sox and Yankees lost. They now face 1-0 deficits in their best-of-five series against the Astros and Indians, respectively, but they surely won't be panicking. With a win today, either one will be right back on track.
Red Sox-Astros is scheduled to start at 2:05 and air on Fox Sports 1.
Yankees-Indians has a 5:00 scheduled start time for MLB Network.
The two National League games are set for later in the evening, both to air on TBS. Cubs-Nationals has the peculiarly specific scheduled start time of 7:31, with Diamondbacks-Dodgers going at 10:30.
Here are the Boston-Houston lineups, the only ones posted as of this writing:
|BOSTON RED SOX||HOUSTON ASTROS|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||George Springer - CF|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Alex Bregman - 3B|
|Andrew Benintendi - LF||Jose Altuve - 2B|
|Mookie Betts - RF||Carlos Correa - SS|
|Hanley Ramirez - 1B||Evan Gattis - DH|
|Chris Young - DH||Josh Reddick - RF|
|Christian Vazquez - C||Yulieski Gurriel - 1B|
|Deven Marrero - 3B||Marwin Gonzalez - LF|
|Jackie Bradley - CF||Brian McCann - C|
|Drew Pomeranz - LHP||Dallas Keuchel - LHP|
Make it happen, Astros and Indians.