Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, 10-6

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, 10-6

In fact, OddsShark believes the Yankees will steal home-field advantage from the Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series.

"We nearly caught them", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

The Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-2 in the AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night to advance to this series. In Friday's game, the Red Sox defeated the Yankees 5-4. He would be on the usual four days' rest. Boston manager Alex Cora used scheduled Game 3 starter Rick Porcello to get two outs in the eighth before turning to Kimbrel for a four-out save. "You have to go up there and do what you have to do to get a win". I going to do everything I can to be better.

Chris Sale gave the Red Sox virtually everything they could've reasonably expected. He has a career 2.98 ERA against Boston.

"I still remember he pitched Game 163 in Texas and he threw a complete game (a 5-2 win for Tampa Bay in 2013)".

Workman has held opponents scoreless in 10 of his last 13 appearances, and Cora saw enough despite the five earned runs coughed up by Workman in just 1 1/3 innings over two outings against NY in that span. "It's the separation obviously that makes hitters uncomfortable". Tonight, from the get-go with McCutchen he was very aggressive in the strike zone, you could see the good extension, repeating his delivery, breaking ball was good, changeup was good, he was outstanding for us.

He is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 10 postseason games - three starts - and was pitching in relief when he was on the champion Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.

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

The Red Sox have some ugly numbers against Happ - except for Steve Pearce and Brandon Phillips, the latter not likely active for the series.

The Yankees have scored at least seven runs in six of their last seven games.

Sandy Leon deserves some credit, too. 3-for-20 (.150), Xander Bogaerts 5-for-31 (.161), Andrew Benintendi 2-for-18 (.167), Rafael Devers 2-for-12 (.167), J.D. Martinez 4-for-20 (.200) and Mookie Betts 7-for-34 (.206) with two homers.

The Yankees had 10 hits, but the first nine were singles.

The New York Yankees are drawing boos in some corners of Boston, but not for their bitter rivalry to the Red Sox. As mentioned, David Price has scuffled in a big way against the Yankees this season, and he has served up nine home runs in his 15.2 innings pitched against NY this season. Then there's the Red Sox bullpen, which pitched to an AL-worst 4.84 ERA in September.

"That's a guy I trust", Cora said. "They were hit around". It's the nature of 162 games. Boston became the only team in baseball history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit by defeating NY in the 2004 ALCS, eventually winning their first World Series in 86 years and breaking the "curse" that had plagued the franchise for almost a century.

Cora confirmed former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi will start a Game 4 if necessary, in NY and likely against CC Sabathia.

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