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Astros a slight favorite over Red Sox in ALCS

Astros a slight favorite over Red Sox in ALCS

Bovada's oddsmakers in Las Vegas call for a World Series rematch, with the defending champion Astros and Dodgers favored to win their respective League Championship Series and meet in the Fall Classic for the second year in a row.

Despite winning 108 games in the regular season to Houston's 103 and having home-field advantage for the series, the Red Sox come in as underdogs, according to Bovada. The Astros opened as -155 (bet $155 to win $100) favorites over the Red Sox, who are +125 (bet $100 to win $125) underdogs on the series price. Houston won the season series with Boston, 4-3. 

As for winning the World Series, the Astros (21/10) are again a slight favorite over Red Sox (11/5), according to Bovada's odds. 

Odds to win World Series:

Houston Astros 21/10

Red Sox  11/5

Los Angeles Dodgers 10/3

Milwaukee Brewers 15/4

 
ALCS Price

Astros -155 (20/31)

Red Sox +125 (5/4)


NLCS Price

Los Angeles Dodgers -160 (5/8)

Milwaukee Brewers +130  (13/10)

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MLB rumors: Brewers talking to former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel

MLB rumors: Brewers talking to former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel

We're just over one week away from Opening Day, and Craig Kimbrel somehow remains unsigned.

But finally, there appears to be a team showing interest in the former Red Sox closer. That team is the Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

If he indeed heads to Milwaukee, Kimbrel would join an already-scary bullpen that includes Corey Knebel, Josh Hader, and Jeremy Jeffress.

Earlier this month, the Nationals and Braves were said to have interest in Kimbrel. But a recent report stated both teams are no longer "in" on the hard-throwing right-hander. Kimbrel's former Red Sox teammate Brock Holt said the free-agent closer had not received any offers as of last month.

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Red Sox helped Jazz handle Russell Westbrook altercation with fan

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Red Sox helped Jazz handle Russell Westbrook altercation with fan

The Utah Jazz want to ensure altercations between fans and players cease to happen again at their arena, so they reached out to the Red Sox for advice.

Last week, a verbal altercation between a Jazz fan and Thunder star Russell Westbrook at Vivint Smart Home Arena sent shockwaves around the NBA. Westbrook accused the fan of shouting racist taunts, and his account of the incident was backed up by eyewitnesses. The Red Sox have experience dealing with this kind of issue.

In May of 2017, then-Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones accused fans at Fenway Park of shouting racist taunts at him and throwing a bag of peanuts in his direction. The organization, along with Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker, deplored the actions of those responsible.

The Jazz acted swiftly as well, banning the fan involved in the altercation from the arena for life and immediately addressing the Utah crowd.

It's unknown what kind of advice was passed along from the Red Sox to the Jazz, but considering how well team owner Gail Miller and president Steve Starks have handled the matter, we can safely assume the consultation was a helpful one.

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