On Tuesday, Hernandez will shift behind the plate.
With the other three division series wrapped up in just 10 games among them, we're left with the drawn-out drama of the Red Sox aiming to eliminate the Yankees in NY for the first time (in their first opportunity) since 2004.
There is plenty of concern for the visiting Red Sox, whose 108-win season could be in real trouble should they drop Game 3 against the Yankees.
Craig Kimbrel somehow, someway, got the save, almost squandering a three-run lead as part of a wild ninth inning.
As the Red Sox batted in the eighth, Sale began to get loose in the Boston bullpen. NY manager Aaron Boone said Hicks was doing "considerably better", and sitting him was a much more hard decision than it was Saturday. The Yankees never recovered, losing Game 3 of the American League Division Series, 16-1.
Home-field advantage is a thing in so many ways in an age where teams are tailored to the park they play 81 games in, but Yankee Stadium clearly has another one in the crowd, which has been nothing less than deafening for every postseason pitch over the last two Octobers. The Red Sox are looking to win their 12th American League pennant. We already talked to the training staff about if he was OK to come in. Kimbrel and the Red Sox - suspended in mid-celebration for a minute - resumed bouncing around in excitement.
He was supposed to be the Game 3 starter, but given Cora went to Porcello in Game 1 for two outs, he figured Nathan Eovaldi could do the job.
Yankees fans stuck it out in the Bronx for most of the game, though.
Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS.
"Yeah, I think that's something that really started previous year, as this fan base absolutely connected with this new young corps that has developed", Boone said.
Before the last two games, NY was 7-0 at home over the past two postseasons. Before the game, Cora had vowed to use his ace only if the "perfect spot" presented itself - and apparently, the eighth inning of a potential clincher, with the eighth and ninth spots in the Yankees' order due up, was it. Yankees fans can remind themselves that they beat the Red Sox 19-8 in Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS - only to lose the next four games. Yankees 4, Red Sox 2.
"No, I didn't envision myself getting into the playoffs in this role", he said.
The Red Sox made it 4-0 when Vazquez lined a 2-1 fastball into the right field seats off Zach Britton.