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Red Sox Ace Hospitalized, Kept Overnight Due to Illness

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If Red Sox ace Chris Sale looked a little off in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series Saturday night in Boston, it may have been for good reason.

The hard throwing lefty might have been battling something other than the Houston Astros lineup in Saturday’s 7-2 loss. Sunday afternoon he was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital for a stomach illness, the team reported.

The team reported that Sale was kept overnight for evaluation.

That means he watched the Sox pull out Game 2 Sunday night from his bed at Mass General. The Sox evened the series at 1-1 with a 7-5 win over Houston.

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Matt Barnes picked up the win in relief of starter David Price. Barnes came on in the fifth inning with the Sox leading 5-4. Craig Kimbrel got another shaky save, giving up a run in the ninth but holding on to close out the 7-5 win.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Sale’s condition was not serious.

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“From what I know it’s nothing serious, but obviously whenever you have to go to the hospital you have to be quote-unquote worried,” Cora said, reported the Boston Herald. “But he should be fine. Hopefully we get news in the upcoming hours and he’ll join us in Houston.”

Cora said sale didn’t fall ill until after the game, but it’s hard to imagine whatever he was battling didn’t effect him somewhat Saturday night.

There have been no further updates on Sale’s condition so there’s no information as to how, or if, this will impact his spot in the rotation going forward.

If no other complications arise, Sale would likely be in line to start either Game 5 in Houston or Game 6 back in Boston.

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts paced the Boston offense Sunday with two hits — both doubles — and two runs scored.

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“He ignited them from the very beginning of the game,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, reported the Herald. “The energy of this place when he comes up to bat is really electrifying. You try to minimize as much as you can in front of them, we didn’t do a great job of that today. But from the first bat on, he set the tone from the very beginning. That’s why he’s very much an MVP, at least candidate.”

Game 3 is Tuesday in Houston at 5:09 p.m. Eastern. Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for Boston with Dallas Keuchel on the hill for Houston.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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