The Yankees Prove the Best Opener Is Still a Dominant Starter

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Luis Severino gets a wild-card do-over.

You count on Khris Davis, who finished the season as MLB Home Run King with 48 bombs, hitting 28 of those when the team is trailing by one run.

It's safe to say that Judge had little doubt about that swing.

-Here's Stanton on the notion that the Yankees are getting whole at the right time: "We benefitted from having to survive without being full strength, and with all the things against us, we still were able to put up 100 wins and find ways to scrape by when we weren't full strength".

The Yankees will face the Boston Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park.

Three of those setbacks have come courtesy of the Yankees, including five-game Division Series losses in 2000 and 2001.

"I was already excited from the national anthem on", Judge said. He stretched a couple of times and tried to figure out when he might get a chance to play.

That was the idea Wednesday night, too, but intentionally throwing "Johnny Wholestaff", as it used to be called, in a win-or-go-home playoff game was certainly an unprecedented experiment.

This time, Severino had a no-decision to savor. "Even if I didn't start, I knew I might be in the bullpen, so I had to be ready to help my team". It lined up to be a real David vs Goliath in NY.

Scott Oberg, the sixth Colorado pitcher, fanned Kris Bryant for the final out of the 12th and then struck out the side in the 13th to end the longest postseason game at 104-year-old Wrigley.

Judge opened the inning with a double down the right field line and scored on a double by Aaron Hicks off Rodney. Then at Yankee Stadium in 1976, New York's Lou Piniella charged into Fisk at the plate, and Boston pitcher Bill Lee was body-slammed during the fighting and wound up with a broken collarbone.

Oakland was a little engine that could, coming off three straight last-place finishes and last in opening-day payroll before creeping up to 28th following midseason acquisitions to bolster its injury devastated pitching staff.

If it's a close game Wednesday night, Piscotty will be a guy the A's lean on to come through in a big spot, as he did so often in the regular season.

Short on options, A's manager Bob Melvin opted for baseball's latest fad: starting a reliever. NY finished eight games back and became the first team since the 2001 Athletics to reach triple digits in wins and fail to finish first - NY also set the major league mark for home runs, powered by the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

"We feel like with the group that we have here together that we're going to get better each and every year", Melvin said.

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