BOSTON — Last week , David Price shed his postseason albatross and won the deciding game of his team’s American League Championship Series victory over the Houston Astros.Wednesday night, the left-hander tries to pitch the Boston Red Sox into a 2-0 World Series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers.“I guess ‘lighter’ is a good word, yeah,” Price said before the Red Sox opened the Series with an 8-4 victory Tuesday night. “Yesterday we had media day. … I got to look forward to it for the first time in a long time. Today it’s definitely a weight lifted off of me for sure. Not like food tastes better or anything like that, but it was time.Article continues below ...“And I’m definitely glad that the time came and we moved past it. And I look forward to doing the same thing tomorrow.”Price faces Los Angeles’ Hyun-Jin Ryu as Boston looks to head west needing two more wins to secure its fourth championship in 15 years.Andrew Benintendi stroked four hits, scored three runs and drove in another and Eduardo Nunez drilled a pinch-hit three-run homer as the Red Sox improved to 8-2 (with four straight wins) in this postseason with their 116th victory of the season.“From the first at-bat we put pressure on them,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after winning his Series debut. “And that’s what we do.”Price had been 0-9 in 11 postseason starts before throwing six shutout innings in Houston.“I see the same guy, I see a teammate taking care of a lot of stuff in the clubhouse, getting ready for his next start,” Cora said. “Nothing has changed. Nothing has changed. He talked about it obviously after the clincher, that he doesn’t have to answer questions, but he knows that his next start is a big start. (Tonight) is going to be a big one. So we count on him. His stuff was electric in Houston. His changeup actually played like a split, and I’m looking forward to seeing him perform tomorrow.”Like teammate Clayton Kershaw, Ryu will make his first appearance at Fenway Park. Kershaw struggled through four-plus innings and took the loss in the opener.“When I was in Korea Logan Forsythe Jersey , I only saw Fenway Park through TV,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “It took me so long to actually get here at the Fenway Park. My initial reaction to the Green Monster is it’s very tall.”‘Ryu has had all kinds of problems pitching on the road this season, something that has to change if the Dodgers don’t want to find themselves in a 2-0 hole.“Obviously, it’s a stadium that I’ve pitched in the most, therefore I feel pretty comfortable pitching in Dodger Stadium,” he said. “And having that run of success definitely builds more confidence. I guess that’s the reason why.”Price is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers while Ryu has never faced the Red Sox.Manny Machado, who drove in three runs in the opener, is 12-for-41 with five homers against Price, while Brian Dozier is 9-for-39 with two homers. J.D.Martinez is the only Red Sox player with more than three at-bats against Ryu and he’s 2-for-7.“We’ve got to keep fighting. Keep doing what they’re doing,” Machado said after Game 1. “(Nunez) came up there, got a clutch hit. You know, you’ve got to tip your cap off. I think Woody (Alex Wood) threw a good pitch there, but he made a better swing. Just come back tomorrow, keep fighting , keep doing what we’re doing.”Both starting pitchers — Kershaw and Chris Sale — worked four-plus innings in Game 1, the 26th time in World Series history neither starter went more than four innings.Nunez hit his homer batting for Rafael Devers, but Devers had already stroked an RBI single, making him the first player in major league history with an RBI in each of his first eight postseason games — and the streak matches Lou Gehrig, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard for at least one RBI is eight straight postseason contests.Martinez avoided a serious injury when he turned his right ankle rounding second base. He remained in the game and said he will play through it. Three teams have reportedly emerged as suitors for Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer.According to Ken Rosenthal and Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have all expressed interest in the right-handed'sJerry Crasnickalso reported Saturday that talks surrounding Archer were "intensifying." He added that the Rays have placed a "No. 1 starter type of price tag" on the 29-year-old veteran.Archer is a two-time All-Star who comes with a club-friendly contract.PerSpotrac, Archer is under team control through the 2021 season. He will make $7.5 million in 2019, and there are club options for $8.3 million in both 2020 and 2021.Despite his strong stuff, Archer has largely struggled this season. He is just 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 17 starts. If his ERA and WHIP remain at their current levels, they will be the worst numbers of his career over the course of a full season.Archer does have 102 strikeouts in 96 innings, though, and his FIP of 3.62 suggests he has been unlucky.After posting an ERA of 3.33 or better in three straight seasons from 2013-2015, Archer is in the midst of his third consecutive season with an ERA over 4.00.Archer does have a FIP of 3.81 or lower in each of the past three campaigns Kenta Maeda Jersey , however.In different surroundings with better defensive play supporting him, Archer may have the ability to be an ace-caliber pitcher down the stretch in 2018 and beyond.While the Yankees recently acquired starter J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays, they could use another starter to support Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia since Sonny Gray is struggling mightily this season.New York entered play Saturday trailing the Boston Red Sox by five games in the AL East, but they have a stranglehold on the No. 1 wild-card spot in the American League.The Dodgers have also already made a splash on the trade market by dealing with the Baltimore Orioles for shortstop Manny Machado.Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda have been pleasant surprises for L.A. on the mound this season, but with ace Clayton Kershaw spending so much time on the disabled list, Archer would offer some much-needed insurance in the starting rotation.The Dodgers entered Saturday with a 1.5-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.Unlike the Yankees and Dodgers, the Padres are not in contention, as they are last in the NL West at 42-64.Dealing for Archer would be a move for the future, but it could pay dividends considering the Padres have a lot of young talent that could come into its own over the next few seasons.With few top-flight starting pitching options available on the trade market, the Rays stand to secure a huge haul if they decide to part with Archer.

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