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Aceves struggles in start vs. Phillies

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Aceves struggles in start vs. Phillies

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alfredo Aceves had his worst outing of the spring Saturday afternoon. More to the point, he had the worst outing of any Red Sox pitcher since Grapefruit League play began.

But he wasn't trying to kid anybody afterward.

"This was one of those days where nothing went good,'' he said. It was bad game and I'm moving on.''

There's no telling how damaging Saturday's outing might be in the long run for Aceves's bid to make the Red Sox starting rotation.

But there's no getting away from how bad it was, either.

He pitched three innings against the Philadelphia Phillies and gave up 10 hits and nine earned runs while walking one, hitting one and throwing a wild pitch. He also yielded three homers, all of them solo.

Aceves entered the game with a 1.00 ERA and by the time he left, it had ballooned to 7.50.

"Today, I was a little up,'' he acknowledged. "I checked out the video after the outing and I was up.''

Making matters worse for Aceves and his bid for the rotation was that, across the state, Felix Doubront allowed just one run over six innings against the Miami Marlins.

"Every single day is important,'' he said. "Right now, we're almost at the end of spring training. Personaly, I take it day-by-day.''

Despite his clear preference to start rather relieve, he insisted he wasn't focused on where he'll end up when the season begins.

"For me, no, I'm not thinking about that,'' he said. "I'm taking it day-by-day.''

Aceves dismissed any suggestion that the pounding he absorbed was the result of experiencing a "dead arm,'' which is common for pitchers at this point in the spring.

"I feel good,'' he said, "and I saw the ball jump out of my hand.''

Aceves stressed that "one outing is not going to tell you the value of a pitcher.''

Now he just has to hope that the people doing the evaluating for the Red Sox are thinking the same way.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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