3:10 p.m. ET: Red Sox pull Fister
The Astros knocked out Red Sox starter Doug Fister after just 1 1/3 innings, marking the shortest postseason start for Boston since Bret Saberhagen pitched one inning in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS against the Indians. After surrendering three runs in the first inning, Fister fell into trouble again in the second, issuing a leadoff walk to Carlos Beltran and allowing a single to Yuli Gurriel. Fister induced a lineout from Brian McCann for the first out of the inning, but manager John Farrell then called for reliever Joe Kelly to face George Springer. Fister, who faced nine batters, walked off to a smattering of boos from the crowd at Fenway Park.   

2:46 p.m. ET: First-inning fiends
In a familiar scene, the Astros were first to the board Sunday. George Springer christened Game 3 with a single opposite Red Sox starter Doug Fister, and Josh Reddick quickly brought him home on a base hit, with Springer — who had advanced to second on a wild pitch — narrowly beating center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s throw. One out later, Carlos Correa followed with a two-run homer, giving Houston a 3-0 lead. It was his second first-inning home run in as many games.

Both scoring plays offered a bit of intrigue. Bradley has one of the strongest arms in the game, and Springer clearly knew that, reaching a sprint speed of 30.4 feet per second on the play (well above his season average of 27.8 feet/sec), and barely beating Bradley’s 97.9-mph laser. Correa’s blast was a moonshot to center that left his bat at 100.4 mph with a 36-degree launch angle, per Statcast™. It traveled a projected 384 feet, barely clearing the wall in deep left-center field.

2:36 p.m. ET: Sweetheart deal
Astros Game 3 starter Brad Peacock flings a ball to his mom at the start of his warmup in the Fenway Park ‘pen, then he tosses another to his dad when he’s done.

2:32 p.m. ET: Rico, suave!
Two-time Red Sox All-Star Rico Petrocelli throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3. 

2:27 p.m. ET: Red, white and blue Monster
A massive American flag is draped over the Green Monster during the singing of the national anthem at Fenway Park.

2:23 p.m. ET: Folks at Fenway
Proud parents of two Astros stars, Game 3 starter Brad Peacock and leadoff hitter George Springer, are hoping to feel sweep emotions.

1:53 p.m. ET: Fan-atic
Postseason baseball brings out the inner — or outer — superfan in all of us.

1:35 p.m. ET: Sign of the times
Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, fresh of his Game 2 win on Friday, gives some fans some new family heirlooms.

1:21 p.m. ET: Tarp comes off!
After some early showers, the weather is clearing up in Boston.

1:13 p.m. ET: Legends never die
Astros icons: Ryan, Altuve, and … Goob?

1:05 p.m. ET: Vote for Altuve
Jose Altuve‘s heroics have earned him a devoted, deserved following.

12:57 p.m. ET: Tall order
Is stilt walker Big League Brian meant to entertain fans during pregame or a Chris Sale impersonator? Perhaps a little of both. Either way, he’s got an encouraging message for Sox fans.

12:45 p.m. ET: What’s Brad’s bag?
Lauren Blackwell met up with Astros manager A.J. Hinch to get the lowdown on his Game 3 starter, Brad Peacock.

12:06 p.m. ET: Hinch: To clinch is no cinch
Astros manager A.J. Hinch has jokes … or does he?

11:54 a.m. ET: Farrell: Red Sox ready to rock
Boston manager John Farrell says his players know they face a steep climb, but they’re excited to get out on the field in front of the Fenway faithful.

Farrell on clubhouse approach

11:52 a.m. ET: Catching on
The Astros start their workout by playing catch along the left-field line.

11:39 a.m. ET: Astros post Game 3 lineup

11:30 a.m. ET: Rain, rain, go away …
A rainy morning should give way to dry conditions by game time.

11 a.m. ET: Astros fans are early birds
Astros fans Felipe Morales and Paul Stevens were out on Yawkey Way early on Sunday making their presence known before Game 3 of the ALDS.

Sunday morning: Roar d’oeurves 
Jose Altuve looks calm, but his sweater suggests an inner ferocity as he and his Astros teammates arrive at Fenway Park for Game 3.

10:52 a.m. ET: Red Sox announce lineup



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