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Boston Red Sox: 3 keys to winning ALDS vs. New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox: 3 keys to winning ALDS vs. New York Yankees

The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead when Martinez homered over the Green Monster in left field off J.A. Happ (0-1). The over is 6-0 in the last six meetings between these two heated foes, and this one should be filled with offense.

That was then and this is now, with the 108-win Red Sox hosting Games 1 and 2 as they open their quest for a fourth title in 15 years.

"I think (his players) can't wait", Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the home run hero of New York's 2003 elimination of the Red Sox.

2-6 in their last 8 playoff games. After a visit from the trainer, he left the game for pinch-runner Brett Gardner.

Boone announced the rotation before the series opener on Friday night. Price had some ups and downs during the first half of the season, but he was locked in after the all-star break. A team ERA of 2.73 wasn't good enough for NY to defeat the Houston Astros in the 2017 ALCS because they were held to one run or fewer in all four of their losses. In a game against the Yankees in Fenway in August, he allowed two runs in six innings while getting a non-decision in a 5-4 Boston win. Left-hander David Price starts for Boston and opposes right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. No longer is it the big, bad Yankees against the team that can never beat them when it counts the most. Much like Price, he hit a few speed bumps early in the year but settled in late. Price wasn't quite as sharp as in year's past, although overall he had a strong season, recording a 3.58 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP accompanied with a 16-7 record in 176 innings of work. Also like Price, he had some hiccups against the lineup he'll face on Saturday.

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.




Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has had a rough season, hitting just.186 despite 18 home runs.

Sale took a second loss in relief in Game 4, but his and Boston's collective fate had all but been sealed by that point. Sanchez's second homer was in same direction but sailed clean out of the park, onto Lansdowne Street. During the season homers accounted for 40.2 percent of runs.

And he wants to make sure he doesn't make the same mistakes again.

The New York Yankees are drawing boos in some corners of Boston, but not for their bitter rivalry to the Red Sox. He threw 93 pitches, 61 strikes. Knuckleballer Steven Wright was supposed to be a key part of Boston's bullpen but he's now likely to be replaced on the roster. But the righty dug in, and after pitching the count full to Gleyber Torres, his knuckle curve got him swinging to end the inning. Chacin (1-0) worked the first five innings, limiting the Rockies to three hits. Tanaka's postseason history is far better than Price's playoff past, which favors the Yankees, who also have Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances fully rested in their bullpen.

Boston player-manager Joe Cronin and NY outfielder Jake Powell fought on the field and beneath the Yankee Stadium stands in 1938, and Jimmy Piersall of the Red Sox and Billy Martin of the Yankees brawled beneath Fenway Park's stands in 1952.


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