Red Sox ALCS Roster: Boston Reveals 26-Man Team For Series Vs. Astros

The winner of Boston vs. Houston will represent the American League in the 2021 World Series

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The Boston Red Sox on Friday announced the 26-man active roster they’ll use against the Houston Astros in the 2021 American League Championship Series.

Here’s the full breakdown:

Pitchers (13): Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Darwinzon Hernandez, Tanner Houck, Adam Ottavino, Martín Pérez, Nick Pivetta, Hansel Robles, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Hirokazu Sawamura, Josh Taylor, Garrett Whitlock

Catchers (2): Kevin Plawecki, Christian Vázquez

Infielders (5): Christian Arroyo, Xander Bogaerts, Bobby Dalbec, Rafael Devers, Travis Shaw

Outfielders (4): J.D. Martinez, Hunter Renfroe, Kyle Schwarber, Alex Verdugo

Infielder/Outfielders (2): Kiké Hernández, Danny Santana

So, how does this roster differ from the group Boston deployed in the AL Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays?

Well, the only changes reside in the bullpen.

Left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura are in. Matt Barnes, a righty who replaced an injured Garrett Richards in the ALDS, and Austin Davis, a lefty, are out.

The Red Sox and Astros will begin the ALCS on Friday night in Houston, with the first pitch from Minute Maid Park scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET. NESN will have a full hour of pregame and postgame coverage.

Chris Sale will start for Boston in Game 1, while Framber Valdez will take the ball for Houston.

Nathan Eovaldi and Luis Garcia are expected to start Game 2 for the Red Sox and Astros, respectively,

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