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Go ahead and doubt David Price, just don’t write him off as a valuable contributor

Nine thoughts on the 111-win Red Sox’ showdown with the 106-win Astros in the American League Championship Series . . .

1. Not sure why so many Red Sox fans — a majority, certainly, and a vocal one — are so down on Alex Cora’s decision to start David Price in Game 2 Sunday night. Price gave up just three hits and three runs in his last start! What more could you want? Not everyone can be Nathan Eovaldi, you know.

Oh, all right, so some numbers can’t be spun. Price, as you may have heard, got just five outs and gave up a pair of homers in the Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.