Astros Set Starters For Games 1 And 2 Vs. Red Sox

Framber Valdez, getting in some work at Thursday's workout at Minute Maid Park, will start Game 1 of the ALCS against Boston on Friday night.

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Framber Valdez, getting in some work at Thursday's workout at Minute Maid Park, will start Game 1 of the ALCS against Boston on Friday night.

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Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro walks off the field after taking batting practice during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro walks off the field after taking batting practice during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is shown on a video screen as he takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
3of38Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is shown on a video screen as he takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is shown on a video screen as he takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
4of38Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is shown on a video screen as he takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is shown on a video screen as he takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
5of38Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is shown on a video screen as he takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Hall of Fame first baseman Jeff Bagwell, right, talks to Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and third baseman Alex Bregman (2) during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
6of38Hall of Fame first baseman Jeff Bagwell, right, talks to Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and third baseman Alex Bregman (2) during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., center, talks to former Astros first baseman and Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell during batting practice the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
7of38Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., center, talks to former Astros first baseman and Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell during batting practice the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman makes a throw during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
8of38Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman makes a throw during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, right, reaches down to pick, up a grounder as teammates Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez walk past during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
9of38Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, right, reaches down to pick, up a grounder as teammates Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez walk past during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez throws the ball during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston. Valdez was named as the Game 1 starting pitcher.
10of38Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez throws the ball during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston. Valdez was named as the Game 1 starting pitcher.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., left, and general manager James Click talk near the third base dugout during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
11of38Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., left, and general manager James Click talk near the third base dugout during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman walks on the field during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
12of38Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman walks on the field during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is surrounded by media as he comes of the field during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
13of38Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is surrounded by media as he comes of the field during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., let, talks to Marwin Gonzalez on the field during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
14of38Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., let, talks to Marwin Gonzalez on the field during a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, left, and manager Dusty Baker Jr. interact on the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
15of38Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, left, and manager Dusty Baker Jr. interact on the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, left, and manager Dusty Baker Jr. interact on the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
16of38Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, left, and manager Dusty Baker Jr. interact on the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. talks to his players on the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
17of38Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. talks to his players on the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. walks onto the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
18of38Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. walks onto the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. walks onto the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
19of38Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. walks onto the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., left, and coach Gary Pettis (8) talk on the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
20of38Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., left, and coach Gary Pettis (8) talk on the field during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Mike Idecker, of the Houston Astros grounds crew, paints the third base coaches box the day before a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Astros and the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
21of38Mike Idecker, of the Houston Astros grounds crew, paints the third base coaches box the day before a workout before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Astros and the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Mike Idecker, left and Sixto Zapata, of the Houston Astros grounds crew, paint the third base coaches box before a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Astros and the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
22of38Mike Idecker, left and Sixto Zapata, of the Houston Astros grounds crew, paint the third base coaches box before a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Astros and the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Mike Idecker, of the Houston Astros grounds crew, touches up the post season logo on the field before a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Astros and the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
23of38Mike Idecker, of the Houston Astros grounds crew, touches up the post season logo on the field before a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Astros and the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.Brett Coomer/Staff photographer
Boston Red Sox players warm up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox players warm up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts throws a ball while warming up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts throws a ball while warming up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox J.D. Martinez walks out of the batting cage after taking batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox J.D. Martinez walks out of the batting cage after taking batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora watches his team during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora watches his team during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts throws a ball while warming up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts throws a ball while warming up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts fields a grounder during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts fields a grounder during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale, left, and Josh Taylor warm up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale, left, and Josh Taylor warm up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, left, fields a grounder during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, left, fields a grounder during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts kicks a ball during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts kicks a ball during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora watches batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora watches batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox players stand in the outfield during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox players stand in the outfield during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox players stand in the outfield during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox players stand in the outfield during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) takes batting practice during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Boston Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale, left, and Josh Taylor warm up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.
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Boston Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale, left, and Josh Taylor warm up during a workout the day before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 in Houston.

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Framber Valdez will start Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox on Friday followed by Luis Garcia in Game 2.

Valdez will be on a full complement of rest after pitching in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the White Sox. The curveball-centric southpaw finished just 4⅓ innings against Chicago and ceded four earned runs.

Starting Garcia in Game 2 aligns with his pronounced home-road splits. Opponents hit .182 and have just a .609 OPS against Garcia inside Minute Maid Park. He allowed a .753 OPS on the road. The Astros started him at Guaranteed Rate Field for Game 3 of the American League Division Series. The White Sox scored five earned runs against him in just 2⅔ innings.

Source : https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/astros/article/Astros-set-starters-for-Games-1-and-2-vs-Red-Sox-16533558.php

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