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Red Sox starter David Price, feeling ill, leaves game against Astros after 15 pitches

David Price left in the first inning Saturday night after conferring with manager Alex Cora and catcher Sandy Leon.
David Price left in the first inning Saturday night after conferring with manager Alex Cora and catcher Sandy Leon.(David J. Phillip/AP)

HOUSTON – David Price left the Red Sox game against the Astros in the first inning Saturday because of “flu-like symptoms,’’ according to the Red Sox.

Price had been feeling sick for four days, Sox manager Alex Cora said in a mid-game interview on FOX, but told Cora before the game that he wanted to pitch. The lefthander threw just 15 pitches before Cora decided he didn’t like how he looked on the mound and decided to remove him.

“After I saw the first few pitches, shame on me if I let him go out there and he gets hurt with no energy and the way he was throwing the ball,” Cora said. “We were proactive and took him out of the game. He’ll get some treatment down there and we’ll see what happens.”

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Cora also said that Price’s preparations throughout the week had been messed up because he was feeling sick.

Price got two quick outs, then gave up a single to Michael Brantley after which Cora went to the mound to get him.

Colten Brewer entered the game in his place.

The Astros won, 4-3, on Carlos Correa’s walk-off single in the ninth.


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