Yankees reach ALDS with win over Athletics

Silvia Morton
October 7, 2018

Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye, A-Rod vs. Varitek and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin.

"We're a team that can play with anybody, and we're not afraid to go in there", Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks said after a 7-2 wild-card win over Oakland sent NY to a best-of-five AL Division Series that starts Friday in Fenway Park.

In the electric zoo that is Yankee Stadium during the postseason, getting through that first inning unscathed would be imperative.

"We want Boston!" the fans roared in unison.

That's the word from Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

That is the same Aaron Boone whose 11th-inning homer in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series beat the Red Sox.

You count on Blake Treinen, who literally put together a season unlike anything a closer has ever done by posting a 0.78 ERA over 80 1/3 innings, the lowest in major league history among pitchers with a minimum of 75 innings pitched.

Hendriks (the loser) had not allowed a home run since June 24, the night before he was cut from the major league roster. The reserve catcher came up with runners at the corners and drove in Trevor Story with a two-strike hit back up the middle off losing pitcher Kyle Hendricks, quieting the crowd of 40,151 on a crisp fall night. A bench-clearing brawl led to suspensions and fines, but Auston won't be around for a rematch - he was dealt to Minnesota in July.

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He not only came back, but proved he could pitch well in the postseason and did so with his back to the wall in every single one of his appearances as the Yankees were either tied or behind in that current series. "That's what they got", Red Sox star pitcher David Price said then. Next stop for the Yankees: Fenway Park and the rival Red Sox.

Hendriks will go toe-to-toe with New York's All-Star, Luis Severino, who has an impressive 19-8 record with a 3.39 ERA this season. The A's out-homer the Yankees and head to Boston.

Zimmer, a former Boston manager and then a Yankees coach, ran across the infield and lunged at Martinez during the fighting. But if NY have everyone available, the argument can be made that they can keep up with the top team in a slugfest. While never raising the World Series trophy in November, the A's have exceeded expectations time and time again. The Yankees set a record for home runs, but the A's have big power as well (they hit more home runs on the road than New York).

In a situation as crucial as a one-game playoff like the upcoming AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium, there are certain players the A's just have to expect to be able to count on.

"All empires fall sooner or later", Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said.

Colorado moved on to the Division Series for the first time since 2009.

Yes, one year's time has been very kind to Dellin Betances - and the Yankees. "Even if I didn't start, I knew I might be in the bullpen, so I had to be ready to help my team".

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