Alex Cora during Game Four against the New York Yankees Tuesday night. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- There's a reason Red Sox manager Alex Cora tweeted very early this morning, "that was fun."
Sox knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs in their second straight meeting going back to 2004, and Boston's off to baseball's semifinals for the first time since 2013, when they won the World Series.
Once again, Sox will try to go through the Astros. Houston got the better of Boston in four games last October, with Cora as bench coach. Game 1's Saturday at Fenway and, as the 'Stros' Alex Bregman put it, "two best teams on the planet." Boston's won 111 games to Houston's 106.
Sox won just three of seven against the Astros during the regular season, but Mookie Betts batted .636 in the series after hitting .313 in last year's Division Series.
Does Alex Cora have any inside info on his old team?
"They have a good team," he said. "What they did to the Indians, that was impressive. It seems like they're playing their best baseball of the season at the right time. They can pitch, they're playing good defense. They're swinging the bat well. They're a complete team. I've been talking about them the whole season, so now we go. Best of seven. They know me, I know them. It should be fun."
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports