2021 MLB playoffs: Red Sox and Astros reveal rosters for ALCS showdown

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Red Sox and Astros reveal rosters for ALCS showdown originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros begin the American League Championship Series with Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.

It's the third postseason series between these teams in the last five years.

The Astros eliminated the Red Sox in four games during the 2017 ALCS. The Red Sox got their revenge the following year by beating the Astros in a five-game ALCS en route to winning the 2018 World Series.

Tomase: Sale starting Game 1 could be make-or-break decision

Both teams officially announced their rosters for the 2021 ALCS on Friday morning. 

Two of the most notable observations are Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes and Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. (injury) not making the cut. McCullers is perhaps Houston's most important player, so not having him is a pretty big blow.

Here are the full lists:

BOSTON RED SOX

Pitchers: 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: Kevin Plawecki, Christian Vázquez

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

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

Infielder/Outfielders: Kiké Hernández, Danny Santana

HOUSTON ASTROS

Pitchers: Luis Garcia, Yimi Garcia, Kendall Graveman, Zack Greinke, Cristian Javier, Phil Maton, Jake Odorizzi, Ryan Pressly, Brooks Raley, Ryne Stanek, Blake Taylor, Jose Urquidy, Framber Valdez

Catchers: Jason Castro, Martin Maldonado

Infielders: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Almedys Diaz, Yuli Gurriel

Outfielders: Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley, Chas McCormick, Jake Meyers, Jose Siri, Kyle Tucker

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