2018 AL Division Series

ALDS Notebook: Moreland hobbled, but injury not thought serious; Brasier’s temper flares

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After removing one player from their playoff roster Saturday -- Steven Wright was taken off with inflammation in his surgically-repaired knee, rendering him ineligible to return this series or the ALCS -- it doesn't look as though the Red Sox will lose another despite having to remove a player mid-game Saturday night.

First baseman Mitch Moreland suffered a strained hamstring scoring from first base on double by Ian Kinsler in the seventh inning and was replaced by Steve Pearce in the top of the eighth.

"He felt tight rounding third,'' said Alex Cora of Moreland. "I think it was his right hammy. He's in the treatment room. (Sunday), he'll go to Yankee Stadium and get treatment and let's see if he's available for Monday.''

Asked if he was worried about having to replace Moreland on the roster because of the hamstring, Cora was cautiously optimistic.

"Not really,'' Cora said. "(But) we had to take care of him before it gets something worse. You know Mitch -- he never wants to come out. He'll go out there and then he'll sprint somewhere and he probably could be worse.''

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Ryan Brasier, pitching in only his second postseason game, got a little tired of Gary Sanchez in the fifth inning. Sanchez kept calling time and stepping out on Brasier, who could be seen gesturing to Sanchez from the mound and shouting at the Yankee catcher "to get in the (expletive) box.''

"It was a heat-of-the-moment thing,'' offered Brasier later. "Adrenaline