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, giving up three runs and three hits, including home runs to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez that cleared the Green Monster.He dropped to 0-9 in 10 postseason starts. Price’s postseason ERA rose to 5.38, including 6.03 as a starter, as New York evened the best-of-five series 1-1.Price trudged off the field to a chorus of boos from the Red Sox fans who had cheered him when he took the mound just an inning prior.“It’s tough,” Price said after the shortest of his 10 postseason starts . “To go out there and have that opportunity to go up 2-0, and to throw the baseball the way I did, it was definitely tough.”Of 70 pitchers with at least 10 career postseason starts, only Price doesn’t have a victory. He didn’t take the quick hook personally.“It’s the playoffs,” he said. “You see it happen all the time, especially over the past couple of years. Managers go to the bullpen extremely early. If I don’t like it, I need to pitch better. Period.”Price has linked his confidence in moving the ball around the strike zone to his success late in the regular season. He said he made a turning after an 11-1 loss at New York on July 1, when he gave up five home runs. He closed the regular season by winning seven of his last eight decisions.But he reverted to old habits on Saturday night.Sanchez’s home run made him 7 for 14 with six long balls against Price, who has now allowed 11 homers in 17 1/3 innings against the Yankees in five starts this year.Bad outing or not, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he still has confidence in using Price again. While Price remains a starter, he only threw 42 pitches on Saturday and Cora hasn’t ruled out using Price in relief if needed.“Just a bad outing today,” Cora said. “It just so happened it wasn’t his day. He didn’t make pitches. We trust him. He bounced back before. We’ll talk to him and make a few adjustments and we’ll go from there.”Whatever happens during the rest of this postseason, it could factor into Price’s future in a Red Sox jersey.In the third season of a $217 million Hunter Pence Jersey
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, OF, Washington NationalsWhat didn't Ohtani do this season?He impressed on the mound (3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 63 strikeouts in 10 starts) before needing Tommy John surgery. He also impressed at the plate, hitting .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBI. It's been a long time since baseball has seen a player who could make an impact as a pitcher and a hitter. While the pitching has been shelved for a while, he's more than dangerous enough at the plate to make a difference for the Angels.Bill Shaikin BillShaikinShohei Ohtani (#Angels) is one of the three AL Rookie of the Year finalists. The other finalists: Miguel Andujar (Yankees), Gleyber Torres (Yankees).Winner announced next Monday. I dont have a vote. If I did? Gotta be Ohtani: GPjvwF0milAdam Rank adamrankAngels If Ohtani doesnt win we riot.After Ohtani comes a pair of Yankees. Torres hit 24 homers and 77 RBI in just 123 games, while Andujar was just as impressive, blasting 27 dingers and recording 92 RBI.In the NL, good luck distinguishing these three candidates, as each were magnificent in 2018. Acuna is probably the slight front-runner after hitting .293 with 26 homers and 64 RBI, but both Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 151 strikeouts) and Soto (.292 with 22 dingers and 70 RBI) are deserving of the award.Manager of the YearAdam Glanzman/Getty ImagesAmerican League Finalists: Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay Rays; Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox; Bob Melvin, Oakland AthleticsNational League Finalists: Bud Black Will Clark Jersey
, Colorado Rockies; Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers; Brian Snitker, Atlanta BravesCash and the Rays didn't make the postseason, but they did win 90 games with the second-lowest Opening Day payroll in baseball. The lowest payroll? That belonged to the Athletics, who won 97 games and reached the postseason.And then there's Cora, who led the Red Sox to 108 wins, the most in baseball and a franchise record. Boston's World Series title won't factor into this award, but Cora did enough during the regular season to justify winning it.There aren't any surprises in the NL, either, with Snitker and Counsell leading their clubs to surprising division titles this season (and Counsell leading the Brewers to a franchise-record 96 wins), while Black got the Rockies to the postseason for the second straight year.