Severino, then Sabathia for Yankees in Games 3, 4

Silvia Morton
October 9, 2018

Sale has consistently said he could have attempted to pitch through the pain, but the Red Sox holding a comfortable lead in the AL East factored into the club's approach to be cautious with him. He hasn't recorded an out in the sixth inning since July 27, dogged by inflammation for the better part of the last two months. However, he could hold the key to the Yankees getting back in this series.

Left-hander Tyler Anderson (0-1) went six innings, charged with one run and four hits. "I threw every pitch tonight like he was going to take the ball out of my hand after".

Pearce (11-for-32, six home runs, 16 RBI) had punished Happ in his career entering Friday night's game, while Moreland was hitless in five at-bats. He'll face Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka.

Boston now has a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five. "And we nearly caught them".

I doubt either team will sweep the other, but one thing is for sure: we are in for a close, nail-biting series between the Yankees and Red Sox.

It has been 14 years since the Red Sox and Yankees last met in the post-season - in 2004, the Red Sox rallied from three games down for a stunning series triumph. They went on to win the World Series that year, breaking their 86-year "curse". Boston finds itself headed to the Bronx two defeats away from a premature end to what has been a historic season to date.

Don't forget Boston's No.3 starter, Rick Porcello, who has a 5.47 ERA in 24.2 playoff innings. "You know what the situation is". This is the playoffs.

Martinez and Benintendi each had two hits for Boston.

How much will Sale have to give against a NY lineup that set a Major League record for home runs in a season?

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The ace still doesn't look 100 percent, but Sale gritted his teeth and gave the Sox exactly what they'd been missing during their past two postseasons, becoming the first Sox starter to pick up an October win since John Lackey five years ago. Chacin (1-0) worked the first five innings, limiting the Rockies to three hits. Stanton, who hit 38 homers in the regular season, had four of the Yankees' 13 strikeouts.

"With Happ, you see the splits", Cora said. "You have to live with that sometimes".

Mike Moustakas, the hero of Milwaukee's Game 1 win with a walk-off single in the 10th, scored one run and drove in another to highlight the Brewers' offense. Even the usually reliable Kimbrel coughed up a run. But Workman insisted the team is still confident in its bullpen.

"I'm certainly not going to make any excuses", Happ said.

Aaron Hicks singled off Sale to start the fourth - ending an 11-pitch at-bat - but once he got to first base he began flexing his right leg.

The Visitors Bureau estimates fans will spend more than $5 million on lodging alone for the two games in Boston.

"We tried to come in and he missed right down the middle", Cora said.

"He'll get examined further tomorrow, and have an MRI and everything", Boone said.

"We do feel Joe is trending up".

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