Yankees' Severino confident heading into Game 3 start vs. Red Sox

Red Sox rewind A mini-oral history of how the bullpen bent but didn’t break in Game 1

Red Sox rewind A mini-oral history of how the bullpen bent but didn’t break in Game 1

"Me watching from afar past year, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw intensity connection that the fan base had with the players".

Severino has fared well against the Red Sox at home.

Except this wasn't a Game 7, a Game 5 or even a Game 2. You need 'em to win.

After 10 postseason starts in his career, the 33-year-old has gone 0-9 with a 6.03 ERA.

"That's kind of what we've been waiting for to some degree", Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said of Sanchez, who struggled with injuries and inconsistency this season, "where he can take over a game on offense".

The right fielder, showing no ill effects from the chip fracture in his right wrist that cost him almost two months and seemingly had sapped his power when he returned to the Yankees last month, is 5-for-9 with three runs scored and homers in both games of the series.

The bombing began nearly from the outset.

All things considered, Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS were a success for the New York Yankees. A loss in Game 3 would put the Red Sox down two games to one.

Joe Kelly pitched well in relief, tossing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball after replacing Price.

Cora and the Red Sox wouldn't sound off about Judge's musical taste - not that they could hear the famous Kander and Ebb song on Fenway's concourse through thick clubhouse walls after the 6-2 win in Game 2. While Mastrodonato argues that the Red Sox should think about shifting Price to a relief role for the rest of the postseason, the team's not considering it. Price is "one of our starters", said Cora, who added that he simply had a "bad outing" in Game 2.

Tanaka allowed just three hits, including Xander Bogaerts' solo homer, before leaving after five innings with a 3-1 lead. No one saw it land as the belt easily cleared the Green Monster in left field and was clocked at 479 feet. It went down as the second-longest postseason homer in the Statcast era (since 2015). "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", NY manager Aaron Boone said later in the day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face. Sanchez also became the first Yankee catcher to have a multi-home run game in the postseason since Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.

Meanwhile, the vaunted Red Sox offence that carried them to that magical 108-win season went missing before a sellout Fenway crowd of 39,151.

Instead, the wild-card Yankees will have a chance to advance to the AL Championship Series with victories at home, where they are 7-0 over the past two postseasons, in Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Tuesday nights. Ortiz hit.545 in the ALDS sweep of the Angels, including a walk-off homer in Game 3.

However, if this was the case the question becomes how long Sale stays in the game.

With a 6-1 lead behind them, the Yankees cruised through the remaining three innings. His 7-0 recorded with a 2.69 ERA since being dealt to NY by the Blue Jays on July 31 was just part of it.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start for the Red Sox on Monday, though the Red Sox haven't lost confidence in Price. Perhaps revealingly, it was right here at Fenway.

Both were wins by the reigning World Series champion Astros and both ended with former Toronto closer getting former Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson to hit into the final out of the game. In fact, six of the eight teams have players that were in Dunedin in spring training.

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