Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Red Sox-Yankees all even, Astros try for sweep

Red Sox-Yankees all even, Astros try for sweep

Red Sox fans' worst fears were realized in the form of a 1.2 inning start.

Severino was 10-2 with a 2.74 ERA and.217 opponents' batting average at home, just 9-6 with a 3.99 ERA and.257 opponents' batting average on the road. "A little bit different than the regular season in that it could be three or four, but I'm still open to it being eight innings".

With this Price nearly always wrong at this time of year, the early damage was enough to allow the Yankees to square the ALDS at a win apiece. The flawless way to do that is help this team stay in the series and eventually pitch the game of his life in a Game 5 scenario in front of that same crowd that booed him into the October night.

The bombing began nearly from the outset.

-Looking ahead to Game 4, CC Sabathia is "pretty locked in" as the starter, says Boone: "I guess anything could happen tomorrow that throws a wrinkle in things, but anticipate CC's going in Game 4".

There's plenty of baseball left, and the Red Sox have a potent lineup capable of coming back. Joe Kelly also delivered 2 1/3 dominant innings behind Price on Saturday, throwing 20 of his 25 pitches for strikes.

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After the game, Rodriguez claimed he slipped while trying to leave the mound, but video clearly showed that there was no slip and he simply made a lazy play.

Unfortunately for the 108-win Sox, the pressure cooker that is playoff baseball was limited for all of one batter, as Aaron Judge hit a 445-foot homer over the Green Moster in left-center to give NY a quick 1-0 lead.

Five innings later, Sanchez crushed a more poorly located pitch, depositing Eduardo Rodriguez's 92.7 miles per hour two-seam fastball well beyond the high wall in left-center. No one saw it land as the belt easily cleared the Green Monster in left field and was clocked at 479 feet.

Why he's here: Maybe it's fitting that a guy who played just 54 regular-season games in a Yankees uniform owns one of the biggest homers in the history of the franchise.

Between home runs, Sanchez got into a spat with Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier over Sanchez's repeated attempts at stepping out of the batter's box during his fifth-inning at-bat. The six-pack ties Jose Bautista for the most any batter has hit off of the 33-year-old starter.

Though the Yankees will hope for more than the four innings Severino pitched in the Wild Card game against the A's - Sevy was sharp, striking out seven while allowing only two hits in 87 pitches.

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Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka started for NY and allowed Boston batters only one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five innings.

In any other game, in any other situation and against any other team, perhaps Cora would've stuck with Price longer.

"It definitely gives me confidence just knowing that I've had recent success against them", Eovaldi said.

Happ, of course, was touted by Yankees faithful as a key to the series. After all, since 2016, Price is 2-7 with a 7.71 ERA versus the Yanks.

I remember 2004. I remember, even, hanging out with some Yankees-fan friends on the night of Game 4 of that year's ALCS, and seeing how confident they felt that their team would be moving on to the World Series when Mariano Rivera came in to close out the Red Sox.

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